Dodgers back Ryu with 3 HRs in 4-0 win over Nationals

LOS ANGELES (AP) Cody Bellinger's Bobblehead Night and Joc Pederson's birthday took a back seat to the night Hyun-Jin Ryu had.

Ryu threw seven dominant innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

''Just the way he was mixing his pitches, changing eye levels, in and out with the fastball, cutter and the change, he was really synced up and he has a lot of confidence,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''This has been huge for our staff.''

Bellinger and Pederson celebrated their nights with home runs, and Kike Hernandez also went deep.

''It's always nice to hit one, but to do it on your Bobblehead day, it was really special, said Bellinger. ''It was a great day for the team, and hopefully we can keep it going.''

After Pederson's homer, the Dodger Stadium crowd of 58,908 serenaded him with choruses of ''Happy Birthday.''

''They were into it that's for sure,'' Pederson said.

Ryu (3-0) gave up two singles, struck out eight and walked two, Tony Cingrani pitched the eighth and Kenley Jansen got the last three outs to finish the shutout and give the Dodgers their fifth win in the last six games.

''He was great,'' Bellinger said of Ryu. ''Everything was working. He was painting his off-speed pitches, everybody was off-balance. Playing behind him was special because he was working fast and working effective.''

Pederson hit a 96mph fastball on a 1-0 count from Washington starter Stephen Strasburg (2-2) six rows into the bleachers in center field for his first home run of the season, staking the Dodgers to a 1-0 lead with one out in the second inning.

For Pederson, who turned 26 years old, it was his first homer since July 26, 2017 - a span 93 at-bats over 45 games.

Hernandez made it 2-0 with two outs in the eighth, hitting a 1-1 pitch from Strasburg deep into the left-field bleachers for his third career pinch-hit homer, first since June 14, 2017.

Bellinger hit a towering two-run shot deep into the right-field bleachers off reliever Carlos Torres with one out in the eighth to make it 4-0.

''Joc's homer was obviously big to get a lead early,'' said Roberts. ''They got the lead early against us last night. This guy's throwing 97 miles per hour, breaking ball, change. We (struck out) 10 times, but we started to stress him late.''

The Nationals' only threat against Ryu came in the third inning when they loaded the bases with Trea Turner's one-out single and back-to-back walks to Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman with two outs. Ryu ended the threat by retiring Moises Sierra on an easy grounder. He retired the last 13 batters he faced.

Strasberg held the Dodgers to five hits over seven innings, striking out 10 with two walks, one intentional.

After the Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, Strasberg struck out Pederson, Bellinger and Matt Kemp to get out of the jam.

''I gave it everything I had,'' Strasburg said. ''I was in a jam there basically with nobody out and it was kind of the deciding factor in the game so I gave it everything I had and tried to keep it as close as I could.''

RYU ON A ROLL

Over his last three starts, Ryu has held opponents to two runs and six hits over 19 innings with 25 strikeouts and three walks.

''My first game was a struggle because I did not have command of my pitches,'' Ryu said through an interpreter. ''The last three games have been much better because of my command.''

POSITION SWITCH

After 17 starts in CF, Chris Taylor made his first start of the season at 2B for the Dodgers. Taylor started 19 games at 2B last year before settling into an outfield role. ''I want to obviously keep Chris in the lineup . I think it was more driven by getting Joc (Pederson) in there, trying to get him going a little bit,'' said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who added that Chase Utley will start at the position on Sunday. Pederson started in CF with a .176 batting average.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: LHP Matt Grace (strained left groin) was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to the game. Manager Dave Martinez said the injury had been nagging Grace for 5-6 days, and flared up Friday against the Dodgers. RHP Trevor Gott was recalled from Triple-A. INF Anthony Rendon (day-to-day with toe injury) was available to pinch hit Saturday night.

Dodgers: For the second night in a row, Roberts declined to name his Monday starting pitcher, saying he'll wait another day. The Dodgers have been juggling their rotation since placing Rich Hill (cracked fingernail) on the disabled list on Wednesday, moving Clayton Kershaw, Ryu and Alex Wood each up one day. Roberts said RHP Kenta Maeda is set to startTuesday.

UP NEXT

LHP Wood (0-2, 3.91) makes it three lefties in a row to start for the Dodgers in the three-game series against the Nationals. Wood will face RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 3.81), making his second start of the season.

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  • W: H. Ryu (3-0)L: S. Strasburg (2-2)
  • HR: LAD - E. Hernandez (2), J. Pederson (1), C. Bellinger (3)
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R. Zimmerman 1B30000101.174.250.377.6271.0
M. Sierra LF30000013.250.267.321.588-0.5
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M. Wieters C40100021.231.375.462.8370.0
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W. Difo 3B30000021.224.309.286.595-1.0
S. Strasburg P20000010.125.300.125.425-0.5
b- M. Reynolds PH10000010.083.154.083.237-0.5
C. Torres P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Sierra in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Strasburg in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Taylor 2B-CF40100010.226.267.417.6830.5
C. Seager SS30000100.234.322.312.6341.0
Y. Grandal C21100110.350.443.5831.0263.5
C. Bellinger 1B41121014.289.333.474.8076.5
J. Pederson CF-LF41211023.211.318.342.6605.0
M. Kemp LF30000013.321.362.547.909-0.5
T. Cingrani P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Utley PH10000001.325.429.475.9040.0
K. Jansen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Puig RF30100010.222.288.278.5652.5
M. Muncy 3B20000110.182.308.455.7620.5
H. Ryu P20000022.111.200.111.311-1.0
b- E. Hernandez PH-2B11111000.239.315.435.7506.0
  • a-popped out for Cingrani in the 8th
  • b-homered for Ryu in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - C. Bellinger (3), J. Pederson, E. Hernandez (2)
  • RBI - C. Bellinger 2 (7), J. Pederson (5), E. Hernandez (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Hernandez
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Puig (3)
  • CS - J. Pederson
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (L, 2-2)7.052221022.970.9915.0
C. Torres1.022210118.003.00-2.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (L, 2-2)7.0
C. Torres1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Ryu (W, 3-0)7.02003801.990.8830.0
T. Cingrani (H, 3)1.00000202.250.504.0
K. Jansen1.00001107.041.572.5
PITCHERSIP
H. Ryu (W, 3-0)7.0
T. Cingrani (H, 3)1.0
K. Jansen1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Strasburg (2)
  • IBB - S. Strasburg
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 107-73, C. Torres 20-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 3-7
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 28, C. Torres 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 89-58, T. Cingrani 12-9, K. Jansen 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 8-5, T. Cingrani 1-0
  • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 26, T. Cingrani 3, K. Jansen 4
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B. Harper RF20000200.277.469.6621.1302.0
R. Zimmerman 1B30000101.174.250.377.6271.0
M. Sierra LF30000013.250.267.321.588-0.5
a- M. Adams PH00000100.194.359.452.8111.0
M. Wieters C40100021.231.375.462.8370.0
M. Taylor CF30000021.192.244.247.490-1.0
W. Difo 3B30000021.224.309.286.595-1.0
S. Strasburg P20000010.125.300.125.425-0.5
b- M. Reynolds PH10000010.083.154.083.237-0.5
C. Torres P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Sierra in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Strasburg in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Taylor 2B-CF40100010.226.267.417.6830.5
C. Seager SS30000100.234.322.312.6341.0
Y. Grandal C21100110.350.443.5831.0263.5
C. Bellinger 1B41121014.289.333.474.8076.5
J. Pederson CF-LF41211023.211.318.342.6605.0
M. Kemp LF30000013.321.362.547.909-0.5
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K. Jansen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Puig RF30100010.222.288.278.5652.5
M. Muncy 3B20000110.182.308.455.7620.5
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  • a-popped out for Cingrani in the 8th
  • b-homered for Ryu in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - C. Bellinger (3), J. Pederson, E. Hernandez (2)
  • RBI - C. Bellinger 2 (7), J. Pederson (5), E. Hernandez (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Hernandez
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Puig (3)
  • CS - J. Pederson
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (L, 2-2)7.052221022.970.9915.0
C. Torres1.022210118.003.00-2.0
Total8.07443103---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (L, 2-2)7.0
C. Torres1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Ryu (W, 3-0)7.02003801.990.8830.0
T. Cingrani (H, 3)1.00000202.250.504.0
K. Jansen1.00001107.041.572.5
Total9.02004110---
PITCHERSIP
H. Ryu (W, 3-0)7.0
T. Cingrani (H, 3)1.0
K. Jansen1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Strasburg (2)
  • IBB - S. Strasburg
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 107-73, C. Torres 20-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 3-7
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 28, C. Torres 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 89-58, T. Cingrani 12-9, K. Jansen 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 8-5, T. Cingrani 1-0
  • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 26, T. Cingrani 3, K. Jansen 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Bellinger homered to right, Grandal scored04
  • 7TH INNING
    Hernandez homered to left02
  • 2ND INNING
    Pederson homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kenley Jansen pitching
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Harper popped out to first
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Zimmerman fouled out to first
    • Matt Adams hit for Moises Sierra
    • M. Adams: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adams walked
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tony Cingrani pitching
    • Matt Reynolds hit for Stephen Strasburg
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Carlos Torres pitching
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager lined out to third
    • Y. Grandal: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grandal walked
    • C. Bellinger: Strike swinging, Foul, Bellinger homered to right, Grandal scored
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson singled to deep right
    • Chase Utley hit for Tony Cingrani
    • C. Utley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Utley popped out to shortstop
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Pederson picked off at second, pitcher to first to second
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Wieters flied out to right
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor flied out to right
    • W. Difo: Foul, Difo grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • Enrique Hernandez hit for Hyun-Jin Ryu
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez homered to left
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Taylor flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Harper lined out to shortstop
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Zimmerman grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sierra struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Taylor singled to left
    • C. Seager: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Taylor to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Seager walked
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grandal hit by pitch, Taylor to third, Seager to second
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • M. Kemp: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • S. Strasburg: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strasburg struck out looking
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Turner popped out to second
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Kendrick grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kemp grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Puig: Puig singled to left center
    • M. Muncy: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Puig stole second, Muncy intentionally walked
    • H. Ryu: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ryu struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Seager: Seager popped out to shortstop
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Grandal singled to center
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Bellinger grounded into double play first to shortstop, Grandal out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Strasburg grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner singled to right
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick flied out to deep left
    • B. Harper: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Harper walked, Turner to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Zimmerman walked, Turner to third, Harper to second
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Sierra grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Muncy lined out to left
    • H. Ryu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ryu struck out swinging
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Taylor lined out to right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Strike swinging, Sierra grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wieters singled to left
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bellinger flied out to deep center
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson homered to center
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Kemp flied out to deep center
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Puig flied out to deep left
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner grounded out to third
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Harper walked
    • R. Zimmerman: Zimmerman grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Taylor struck out on foul tip
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Seager grounded out to pitcher
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)