Los Angeles at New York

L.A. Dodgers
N.Y. Mets
W: K. Jansen (1-0) L: S. Rice (1-1) S: B. League (6)
HR: LAD - None   NYM - I. Davis (4)

Dodgers take series from Mets behind bullpen

CBSSports.com wire reports

NEW YORK -- From his very first pitch, Hyun-Jin Ryu heard the fans cheering for him.

A lot of them, anyway.

Boosted by plenty of road rooters, the South Korean rookie turned in his best performance yet and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Mets 3-2 Thursday on Andre Ethier's tiebreaking single in the ninth inning.

"I was aware there are a lot of Korean Americans here in New York," Ryu said through a translator. "It was definitely encouragement."

A large Korean neighborhood is just one subway stop away from Citi Field, and Ryu had a lot of vocal support while holding the Mets to three hits in seven innings. He said the warm welcome was "a big strength for my pitching."

Also encouraging to the Dodgers was the key hit by the slumping Ethier off left-handed reliever Scott Rice.

"Over the years, there's been a lot of talk about him not hitting lefties," manager Don Mattingly said.

After Ryu and Mets starter Jeremy Hefner each left with no-decisions and the score 1-all, the Dodgers won a game decided by the bullpens.

Nick Punto opened the ninth with a double off Scott Rice (1-1) and moved to third on a grounder to the right side by Adrian Gonzalez. After an intentional walk to Matt Kemp, Mets manager Terry Collins visited Rice on the mound.

The left-handed Ethier put the Dodgers ahead with his hit, and Juan Uribe drove in another run with an infield single for a 3-1 lead.

"Just hope to get 'Dre turned in the right direction," Mattingly said.

Ike Davis led off the Mets' ninth with a home run against Brandon League. But League, who gave up a ninth-inning lead Wednesday in a game the Dodgers lost in the 10th, closed for his sixth save.

Kenley Jansen (1-0) escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the eighth.

Ryu turned in his longest outing of the season. He struck out eight and walked three, bouncing back from a rough outing in Baltimore.

"My biggest takeaway from that last game was the first pitches. Today, I was able to effectively put the count to my advantage," he said.

The 26-year-old lefty blanked the Mets on one single until the sixth. A leadoff walk to Ruben Tejada, a single by Daniel Murphy and a wild pitch on a breaking ball Ryu bounced set up David Wright's tying sacrifice fly.

Ryu gave up a two-out double to Marlon Byrd before striking out Davis to keep the score tied at 1.

Hefner began the day with a 7.07 ERA and pitched his best game of the season, too. He limited the Dodgers to three hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking three.

"It's well noted that I was struggling, and to go out and throw seven innings when the bullpen needed it and give us a chance to win the series, that was all good things," Hefner said.

The Mets put runners at first and second with no outs in the eighth against Jansen before he struck out Wright, retired Lucas Duda on a fly and fanned Byrd.

"He kind of geared it up a notch," Mattingly said.

The Dodgers scored in the first when leadoff man Carl Crawford was hit by a pitch and Kemp hit an RBI single.


  • Kemp went 11 for 24 (.458) with his first homer of the season and five RBI on the six-game road trip.
  • Uribe drew three walks before his single.
  • Collins said LHP Jonathan Niese would have a bullpen session during the day and start as scheduled Sunday vs. the Phillies. Niese was hit near the right ankle by a comebacker Tuesday.
  • Dodgers RHP Shawn Tolleson was set for surgery Thursday to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. He's expected to be out three to five months.
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Hyun-Jin Ryu says the cheers from the large Korean-American contingent help as he pitches seven innings of 3-hit ball. (Getty Images)
Hyun-Jin Ryu says the cheers from the large Korean-American contingent help as he pitches seven innings of 3-hit ball. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
New York

J. Hefner
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 3
K 4

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Los Angeles Dodgers
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Nick Punto, 2B4110012 .360
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000002 .355
Matt Kemp, CF3121110 .266
Andre Ethier, RF4011001 .236
Juan Uribe, 3B1011300 .190
Ramon Hernandez, C4000004 .067
Justin Sellers, SS3000001 .204
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P2000020 .333
   a- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1000000 .167
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
    Brandon League, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for Ryu in the 8th
2B - Nick Punto (1, Rice)
RBI - Matt Kemp (10), Andre Ethier (7), Juan Uribe (4)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (5)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Uribe-Gonzalez
E - Justin Sellers (3, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hyun-Jin Ryu 7311380 3.41
Kenley Jansen (W,1-0) 1100120 1.50
Brandon League (S,6) 1111011 4.00
WP - Hyun-Jin Ryu (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Hyun-Jin Ryu 109-70, Kenley Jansen 20-13, Brandon League 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hyun-Jin Ryu 4-9, Brandon League 1-1
Batters Faced - Hyun-Jin Ryu 27, Kenley Jansen 5, Brandon League 4
New York Mets
Ruben Tejada, SS3110101 .217
Daniel Murphy, 2B3010100 .346
David Wright, 3B2001122 .300
Lucas Duda, LF4010013 .273
Marlon Byrd, RF4010013 .246
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Ike Davis, 1B4111022 .174
Anthony Recker, C3000020 .100
   a- Justin Turner, PH1000000 .323
Collin Cowgill, CF2000100 .182
   b- Jordany Valdespin, PH1000010 .279
Jeremy Hefner, P2000022 .000
   c- Juan Lagares, PH1000000 .200
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
    Mike Baxter, RF1000000 .259
a-fouled out for Recker in the 9th
b-struck out for Cowgill in the 9th
c-fouled out for Hefner in the 7th
2B - Marlon Byrd (5, Ryu)
HR - Ike Davis (4, League)
SF - David Wright (1)
RBI - David Wright (17), Ike Davis (7)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Marlon Byrd 1
DP - Hefner-Tejada-Davis, Murphy-Tejada-Davis, Byrd-Tejada, Wright-Davis
New York Mets
Jeremy Hefner 7311340 5.14
Brandon Lyon 0.2000000 4.15
Scott Rice (L,1-1) 0.2222100 2.45
Bobby Parnell 0.2100000 1.08
IBB - Kemp by Scott Rice
HBP - Crawford (by Jeremy Hefner)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hefner 93-56, Brandon Lyon 9-6, Scott Rice 18-8, Bobby Parnell 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hefner 5-9, Scott Rice 2-0, Bobby Parnell 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hefner 25, Brandon Lyon 2, Scott Rice 5, Bobby Parnell 2
Game Information
Attendance - 24851
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner