Ryu is perfect for 7 as Dodgers hold off Reds
May 28, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
LOS ANGELES -- Hyun-Jin Ryu came close to making the Dodgers the first team in major league history with consecutive no-hitters.
The South Korean left-hander took a perfect game into the eighth inning Monday — one day after teammate Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter — and the Los Angeles Dodgers held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3.
The Reds hit only three balls out of the infield before Todd Frazier's leadoff double down the left-field line on an 0-1 pitch in the eighth. That followed a three-run seventh by the Dodgers in which Ryu ran the bases and scored.
Beckett won 6-0 in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Cincinnati scored three times in the eighth, but right fielder Yasiel Puig made a key defensive play when he cut off Billy Hamilton's two-run double in the gap. The relay home held Skip Schumaker at third, and Kenley Jansen struck out Brandon Phillips with the bases loaded to preserve a 4-3 lead.
"Of course it was in the back of my mind," Ryu said through a translator, explaining that he had never carried a no-hit bid that deep. "It wasn't until the seventh that I thought it could happen."
Ryu (5-2) was charged with three runs and three hits in 7 1-3 innings, improving to 6-0 in six career starts against the Reds. He struck out seven and walked none while winning for the first time at Dodger Stadium this season.
"He was great through seven," said backup catcher Drew Butera, who also caught Beckett's game. "When guys see a pitcher a third time they're a little more confident. He still made some good pitches; they just found some holes."
At Atlanta, David Ortiz homered and drove in four runs as the Boston Red Sox ended their 10-game losing streak, rallying from a five-run deficit to defeat the Braves 8-6.
The defending World Series champions trailed 6-1 after the fourth inning of the interleague matchup, with starter Clay Buchholz walking a career-high eight in only three-plus innings.
But Ortiz tied it by hitting a three-run homer off Ervin Santana in the fifth. With Red Sox fans at Turner Field chanting "Papi! Papi!" the World Series MVP then gave Boston the lead with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Ian Thomas (1-2) in the seventh.
The Yankees beat the Cardinals 6-4 at St. Louis, with Brian Roberts hitting a tiebreaking single in a three-run 12th inning.
Pinch-hitter Alfonso Soriano and Brendan Ryan each added an RBI for the Yankees, who took the opener of a three-game interleague series for their third straight win.
A standing-room crowd of 47,311, the third-largest at 9-year-old Busch Stadium, showed up to see an opponent making only its second appearance in St. Louis since losing to the Cardinals in the 1964 World Series.
At Milwaukee, Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs and Nick Hundley singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to lift Baltimore to a 7-6 win over the Brewers in an interleague contest.
The Cubs beat the Giants 8-4, with Jeff Samardzija striking out a season-high 10 for his first win since last August, the Pirates rallied to beat the Mets 5-3 in New York and the Marlines edged the Nationals 3-2.
The Phillies rebounded a day after the loss to the Dodgers to beat the Rockies 9-0. Leadoff man Ben Revere started with a single for the first of Philadelphia's 12 hits.
The American League East-leading Blue Jays won for the 12th time in 14 games with a 10-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, helped by Edwin Encarnacion hitting his 13th home run in May.
The Athletics ended a four-game losing streak with a 10-0 win over the Tigers, the Astros won their third straight game with a 9-2 result at Kansas City and the Mariners won 5-1 at home to the Angels.
In Chicago, Dayan Viciedo had a three-run homer as the White Sox beat Cleveland 6-2, while the Rangers had a 7-2 win over the Twins, who have now lost four in a row.