Mike Leake

Maeda and Ryu's tag-team act works as Dodgers rally for a victory over the Cardinals

Maeda and Ryu's tag-team act works as Dodgers rally for a victory over the Cardinals

Just past 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Hyun-Jin Ryu rose from his seat inside the Dodgers bullpen and climbed atop a mound. A pitcher warming up should not sound an alarm. But these are strange times for the pitching staff of the Dodgers.

Earlier in the afternoon, hours before a 7-3 victory over St. Louis, manager Dave Roberts outlined Ryu’s isolation on the roster. Squeezed out of the rotation, Ryu had yet to transition into the bullpen. Roberts could not say when Ryu would pitch again. As Thursday’s fourth inning unfolded, an opening appeared.

Trailing by two runs, the Dodgers staged a rally against St. Louis starter Michael Wacha. Runners manned the corners with two out. Yasiel...

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