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Hanley homers in first start as Dodgers cruise past Rockies

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LOS ANGELES -- Korean pop star PSY was at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night so it was fitting that countryman Hyun-Jin Ryu found his own rhythm early.

Ryu had a career-best 12 strikeouts in six innings and Hanley Ramirez hit a home run in his first start of the season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-1 victory against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

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"I'm just very thankful the game turned out the way it did," Ryu said through an interpreter. "It would've been a really different situation if it went the other way. I'm glad he [PSY] came by."

Carlos Gonzalez gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a home run -- but it didn't last long.

Ryu (3-1) was in control throughout most of his outing. After giving up the home run to Gonzalez, he retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced. His only blemish during that stretch was a one-out walk to Gonzalez in the fourth inning.

"He pitched well," said Jordan Pacheco, who struck out three times against Ryu. "It does make it difficult when you haven't faced a guy. You don't really know his tendencies or what he likes to go to. But at the same time, he hasn't faced you so it goes both ways."

Ryu put an end to the threat and his night with one of his strikeouts of Pacheco. The 12 strikeouts overall were the most by a Dodgers rookie since Hideo Nomo fanned 13 on Aug. 20, 1995, at Shea Stadium in New York.

"He was really good," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He had his A-game and it was going to be tough to put together a big inning or put together something big against him. He was in control."

Ramirez, who had been sidelined after undergoing thumb surgery in the offseason, highlighted his return with a solo home run in the third inning.

The Dodgers countered with a run-scoring single by Matt Kemp and a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom half of the first, then added to the lead in the second when Jerry Hairston Jr., a late replacement for Carl Crawford, singled home Juan Uribe from second base. Hairston took second when left fielder Michael Cuddyer tried to throw Uribe out at home.

Crawford was scratched from the lineup with tightness in his right hamstring but will likely be back in left field Wednesday.

Nick Punto's second hit in as many innings scored Hairston and gave the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. Ramirez's home run provided the Dodgers with a four-run cushion.

The Dodgers extended the third inning when Andre Ethier doubled and scored on a hit by Ryu.

The Rockies had to have some sense of what awaited them. Kemp entered the game with a .435 batting average against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (2-3). Punto raised his batting average against De La Rosa to .538 with his hit in the second inning.

De La Rosa saw his career record against the Dodgers fall to 0-8.

"It's like they know what's coming," said De La Rosa, who had logged quality starts in his four previous outings. "I have to do something different the next time I face them."

The Rockies tried to mount a comeback in the sixth inning. Dexter Fowler reached on an infield hit with one out, and scrambled to second when Josh Rutledge grounded out to third. Fowler stole third before scoring on a double to right field by Cuddyer.

Ronald Belisario wasn't as efficient as Ryu on the mound, allowing two runners to reach base in the seventh, but he recovered in time to strike Fowler out to end the inning.

Notes

  • Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw, on bereavement leave after his father died Sunday, is expected to rejoin the team and pitch Friday against the Giants.
  • The Dodgers recalled RHP Javy Guerra from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned pitcher Josh Wall to the same team.
  • Rockies C Wilin Rosario did not play after taking a foul ball off his right foot the previous night.
  • Dodgers LHP Ted Lilly underwent MRI exams on his neck and right rib cage Monday. He received an injection in his rib cage and will be re-examined on Wednesday. South Korean music star PSY was at Dodger Stadium to meet with fellow countryman Ryu on Tuesday. Ryu gave his game-worn jersey to the pop star after the game.
 
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Sidelined after undergoing thumb surgery in the offseason, Hanley Ramirez hits a solo home run in his Dodgers' return.  (USATSI)
Sidelined after undergoing thumb surgery in the offseason, Hanley Ramirez hits a solo home run in his Dodgers' return. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

H. Ryu
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 2
K 12
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4110022 .305
Josh Rutledge, 2B4010010 .213
Carlos Gonzalez, LF2111201 .306
Michael Cuddyer, RF4011021 .313
Jordan Pacheco, 1B4000033 .339
Nolan Arenado, 3B4000000 .231
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000110 .250
Jonathan Herrera, SS2000020 .265
    Edgmer Escalona, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Wheeler, PH1000001 .125
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
Jorge De La Rosa, P1000010 .000
    Reid Brignac, SS2010010 .257
Totals31252313  
a-flied out for Escalona in the 7th
Batting
2B - Michael Cuddyer (7, Ryu)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (5, Ryu)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (13), Michael Cuddyer (18)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (2), Michael Cuddyer (8)
SB - Dexter Fowler (4, 3rd base off Ryu/Ellis)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Arenado-Herrera-Rutledge
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa (L,2-3) 41166211 4.18
Edgmer Escalona 2100030 2.20
Matt Belisle 1000120 2.35
Rex Brothers 1100010 0.73
IBB - Uribe by Jorge De La Rosa
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 93-61, Edgmer Escalona 30-20, Matt Belisle 15-11, Rex Brothers 17-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 5-5, Matt Belisle 1-0
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 24, Edgmer Escalona 7, Matt Belisle 4, Rex Brothers 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jerry Hairston Jr., LF5231002 .233
Nick Punto, 2B5121001 .400
Matt Kemp, CF5021012 .260
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3011011 .333
Hanley Ramirez, SS4121010 .400
Andre Ethier, RF3110103 .244
A.J. Ellis, C3000122 .250
Juan Uribe, 3B3110111 .219
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P3011011 .333
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Luis Cruz, 3B1000000 .089
Totals35613637  
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (1, De La Rosa), Andre Ethier (5, De La Rosa)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (1, De La Rosa)
SF - Adrian Gonzalez (3)
RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (5), Nick Punto (2), Matt Kemp (11), Adrian Gonzalez (18), Hanley Ramirez (1), Hyun-Jin Ryu (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (3), Nick Punto (2), Hyun-Jin Ryu (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Punto-Gonzalez
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hyun-Jin Ryu (W,3-1) 63222121 3.35
Ronald Belisario 1100110 2.84
Kenley Jansen 2100000 1.29
Pitches-Strikes - Hyun-Jin Ryu 105-74, Ronald Belisario 18-11, Kenley Jansen 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hyun-Jin Ryu 5-1, Ronald Belisario 1-1, Kenley Jansen 1-4
Batters Faced - Hyun-Jin Ryu 23, Ronald Belisario 5, Kenley Jansen 6
Game Information
Attendance - 47602
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez