Home may be where the heart is, but for Hyun-Jin Ryu the road is where the victories wait.
The win pushed Ryu’s record to 7-2 on the road with a 2.73 earned-run average. Back at home this season, he’s a more pedestrian 4-3 with a 4.13 ERA.
The Dodgers backed him with a 12-hit attack, though they scored all their runs in the third and fourth innings and then sort of held on.
That’s easier to do when getting a strong start from Ryu (11-5), who gave up only five hits – three coming in the Pirates’ two-run fourth inning. Ryu struck out five and walked one in lowering his overall ERA to 3.39.
Adrian Gonzalez, who had the game-winning RBI on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, came back Monday to get on base five times. He went three for three with a pair of doubles off the wall, two walks and an RBI.
The Dodgers scored all five runs off former teammate Edinson Volquez (8-7). Volquez was one of their midseason projects last season, but he went 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA in six games. It wasn’t enough for them to try to bring him back, but it was enough for him to get a one-year, $5-million deal with the Pirates.
He’s been pitching reasonably well for Pittsburgh this season, but the Dodgers got to him for a pair of runs in the third inning. Gordon led off with a single but was erased on a force out on a Turner ground out. Gonzalez walked and then Matt Kemp doubled in the Dodgers’ first run. Gonzalez scored on an Andre Ethier ground out.
The Dodgers pushed their lead to 5-0 in the fourth, this time Uribe and A.J. Ellis leading off with singles. Turner doubled in two runs and Gonzalez singled to score Turner.