It’s not easy to give up only two hits in eight innings and lose, as
Ryu gave up only one hit through six innings, but it happened to be good for a two-run home run by
So the Dodgers’ magic number for clinching the
Their lead over the Diamondbacks remains formidable at 9½ games with only 12 regular-season games remaining, but closing the deal has become unexpectedly difficult.
Ryu (13-7) threw a complete game, giving up the two hits and a walk, with four strikeouts.
The Dodgers started out as if they were going to make it a rough night for
And then Cahill went into his groove, retiring the next 13 Dodgers. He suddenly looked exactly like the guy who came in 5-0 with a 2.04 earned-run average in nine starts against the Dodgers.
Ryu suffered his one hiccup in the first inning. He walked leadoff man A.J. Pollock and gave up a two-run home run to Goldschmidt, his 33rd.
Ryu then retired the next 19 Diamondbacks. He did not give up another hit until
The Dodgers scraped together a run against Cahill in the sixth inning, though it was a lonely run after loading the bases with two walks sandwiched around a Punto double.
So they loaded the bases with no outs and scored one run on a walk.
The Dodgers mustered one final rally in the ninth inning after pinch-hitter
Nick Buss bounced out to first base to advance the runners and