Next time Hyun-Jin Ryu starts at home, disguise Dodger Stadium. Put a giant Coke bottle beyond left field. Add a pool in center. Slap Petco Park signs in the dugout or something.
Anything to make Ryu believe he’s pitching on the road, where currently he is invincible.
Ryu was at it again Thursday afternoon, holding the Giants scoreless in his seven innings to help the Dodgers salvage the finale of their three-game series at AT&T Park with a 2-1 victory.
The Dodgers now return home Friday to begin a 10-game homestand, tied with the Giants for first in the National League West with a 10-6 record.
Ryu (3-1) has started four games on the road this season and has yet to give up a run in 26 innings. In his only start at Dodger Stadium this year, he only made it through the second inning.
He gave up four hits, all singles, one walk and struck out three Thursday. Despite his rough start at home, he lowered his earned-run average to 1.93.
The Dodgers' support consisted of solo runs in the second and fifth innings off San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner (2-1).
They opened the scoring after Scott Van Slyke walked with two outs in the second. Juan Uribe singled off the glove of Pablo Sandoval at third base and Tim Federowicz lined a single to center to score Van Slyke. It was the first RBI by a Dodgers catcher this season.
The Dodgers added another run in the fifth after Justin Turner -- starting at shortstop for the sore-handed Hanley Ramirez -- doubled and scored on a single from Adrian Gonzalez. The single increased his hitting streak to 12 games.
Brian Wilson, making his first appearance since coming off the disabled list, pitched a nervous eighth. He gave up one hit and a walk, and needed 28 pitches, but got Dodgers-killer Buster Posey on a fly to center for the third out.
Kenley Jansen, who lost the save in Tuesday’s series opener, lost the shutout in the ninth but hung on to earn his fifth save.
Jansen struck out Michael Morse to lead off the bottom of the ninth, but it was on a wild pitch that enabled Morse to take first. A walk to Gregor Blanco was followed by a run-scoring hit from Ehire Adrianza.
The Dodgers have scored first in 12 of their 16 games this season, going 10-2 in those games.
Yasiel Puig had an interesting day on the field. With one out in the second inning and Brandon Belt at first following a hit, Brandon Hicks flied out to Puig. Anyway, he should have. Puig finally got burned with his casual one-handed catch routine, dropping the ball. Then he picked it up and threw out a stunned Belt at second. Puig capped off the inning by making an over-the-shoulder catch of a Blanco drive.
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