Their 1-0 victory over the
The Dodgers scored seven runs in the four-game series at
Ryu, who had 10 strikeouts in six innings, is 10-5 with a 3.44 earned-run average. That makes him only the team's third-best starting pitcher.
"He'd probably be a lot of teams' first starter," catcher
Clayton Kershaw is 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA.
The last time the Dodgers had three pitchers with 10 victories or more at the All-Star break was in 1977, when they had Tommy John, Doug Rau, Rick Rhoden and Don Sutton.
Dodgers starters have an ERA of 3.11, the best in the majors.
"Every time you get to the ballpark, you have a good feeling you have a chance to win the game," Kershaw said. "It's fun to be a part of."
As a result, the Dodgers have a one-game lead over the
"Can the season end right now?" Ellis said, jokingly.
The starters aren't doing this alone, of course.
The bullpen, a source of major concern early in the season, has started to come together.
Brandon League recorded the first two outs of the seventh inning, after which he was relieved by left-hander
Kenley Jansen recorded his 27th save, which ties him for third in the majors.
Recalling a time when the bullpen was considered a problem, Jansen said, "This bullpen never quit. We always fought."
Mattingly said the relievers have benefited from the improved performance of the rotation, which was without Kershaw in April because of a strained back muscle.
"The bullpen has settled in because our starters are able to go longer," Mattingly said. "The length has been better as we've come along."
Overall, Mattingly said he was pleased with how the Dodgers looked as they went into the midseason intermission.
"I think every team is always trying to incrementally getting a little bit better, but I don't think we'll sit here saying we have to go do this, we have to go do that," Mattingly said. "I'm comfortable where we are at right now. If we don't do anything, I think our guys are feeling like we're fine. We just got to play well."
As far as where the Dodgers could make this incremental progress, Mattingly pointed to the team's defense, situational hitting and baserunning.