TORONTO — The
Monday night, they moved into first in the
Hours after their 14-5 demolition of the
The Dodgers, who've won 21 of their last 26 games, lead Arizona by half a game.
Ten of their runs were driven in by the Nos. 6-9 hitters in the lineup. Catcher
Ellis said his production was a testament to the players in the middle of lineup, such as Gonzalez,
"When it gets down to the bottom, you can almost see the pitcher trying to take a breath," Ellis said. "It's like a break for them. It's our job to make it tough."
They did. Utilityman
"Our lineup is pretty deep," Schumaker said. "I feel we might have an AL lineup if we had Kemp in there every day."
The usual suspects inflicted the usual damage, too.
Puig was one for five and struck out twice, but drove in his first run since July 4.
The Dodgers scored four times in the second inning and once each in the third and fourth to offset a mediocre outing by
Pitching on 11 days' rest, Ryu improved to 8-3 despite giving up four runs and nine hits in 51/3 innings. Because Ryu pitched once a week in his native South Korea last season, as opposed to once every five days here, the Dodgers wanted to use to the All-Star break to give him extra days off. Manager
"You can't say he cruised through," Mattingly said. "It seemed like his command was in and out. Maybe it rested him, but I almost felt like it was almost like a detriment, as far as being sharp with his breaking stuff."
Ryu had a large cheering section down the right-field line, waving South Korean flags and chanting his name.
"It was a lot more than I expected," Ryu said through an interpreter.
Also smiling afterward was Schumaker, who hit his first home run of the season.
"I honestly thought this was the year I wasn't going to get one," he said.
Schumaker joked with teammates about the possibility of a homerless season but admitted he was using humor to mask anxiety.
"I'm glad that this wasn't the year," Schumaker said.