Ryu dominant again, Dodgers blank Mets 2-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) Hyun-Jin Ryu was all but untouchable in May.

His final start of the month was no different Thursday night as the left-hander pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning of his latest dominant outing, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-0 win over the New York Mets.

Chris Taylor tripled off hard-luck loser Jason Vargas to start the bottom of the first and scored when Max Muncy followed with a double. That was all the offense for either team until Kike Hernandez singled home an insurance run with two outs in the eighth.

Ryu (8-1) struck out seven and walked one in 7 2/3 innings, lowering his major league-best ERA to 1.48. Kenley Jansen got four outs for his 16th save as the NL West leaders took three of four in the series.

Ryu went 5-0 in six May starts with a 0.59 ERA, 36 strikeouts and just three walks.

''The month of May was incredible,'' he said through a translator. ''I've always told everyone how I wanted to do my job as a starting pitcher, meaning I wanted to throw six to seven innings and put the team in a position where we can win. I've always said that, but I haven't necessarily executed the way I wanted. This month of May I was able to do that. I do feel that's unbelievable.''

Ryu's 0.59 ERA is the lowest by a Dodgers starter in any month since Clayton Kershaw had a 0.27 ERA in July 2015.

Ryu, who was greeted by a standing ovation, has 69 strikeouts and only five walks in 11 games. He has won his last eight starts at home, and fans rewarded him with adoration.

Asked if Ryu is his ace, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said: ''We have a lot of aces. Hyun-Jin is throwing the ball really well. Tonight you look at where we were at as far as the `pen and needing him to go deep into the game and he knew that and he executed and did that. Just his feel, I say every time he starts, and his ability to execute pitches, change speeds, work to all zones, get soft contact, get seven punches, one walk. Worked quick. Keeps defense involved. We needed Hyun-Jin and he answered the bell once again.''

Los Angeles, which boasts the top record in the National League at 38-19, has won 16 of the past 19 matchups with the Mets.

With one out in the ninth, Pete Alonso was awarded first base on a hit by pitch even though replays showed the ball hit his bat and not his hand or forearm. Alonso even returned to home plate and waited with his lumber in hand as the play was reviewed, yet the call on the field was upheld.

Sent back to first base, Alonso chuckled a bit as he chatted with David Freese.

Jansen then struck out Todd Frazier, who threw his bat wildly at a ball in the dirt, and retired Carlos Gomez on a harmless fly to end it.

Vargas, a California native, allowed just one run and six hits in a season-high seven innings that mostly spared a taxed Mets bullpen. He needed 26 pitches to get through the first, but settled in after that. Vargas (1-3) struck out six and walked three - two in the first inning.

''I think just effectively pitching down,'' he said. ''That's key for me in general, but after the first couple innings got settled and worked out a couple issues with guys on second base. I think it was just a matter of pitching down and expanding.''

Ryu didn't run into trouble until the seventh when Alonso hit a leadoff double. The left-hander retired the next three batters with ease, two via groundouts.

Taylor's leadoff triple was a sinking liner that got under the glove and past a charging J.D. Davis as he made a dive for the ball in left field.

Hernandez's jam-shot single in the eighth off Hector Santiago scored Freese, who doubled and finished with two hits.

With two outs and a runner on in the eighth, Jansen entered and struck out pinch-hitter Dominic Smith, reacting with a fist pump.

But it was Ryu who was the star of the game once again.

''He mixes it up better than I've seen in a long time,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''There's no pattern whatsoever. He drives his arm through every pitch and sells everything, whether it's a changeup, curveball. He gets through it.''

ROAD WOES

The Mets fell to 12-22 away from home and are 2-7-1 in road series.

STEALING SIGNS?

Callaway verbalized his suspicion that the Dodgers were stealing signs after Wednesday's game in a New York Post report. Asked to respond to the accusation, Roberts said: ''I think, for us, we feel that we go up there and play 27 outs every night the best way we can. If we come up short, it's a combo that we didn't play well and giving the other team credit. I guess if they feel differently about the quality of at-bats we put up against these guys was not as a result of our talent and preparation, then that's their decision. I can't change their thoughts.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (hamstring) felt a little tightness in his hamstring when he scored in the ninth inning Wednesday night. He was given Thursday off but was available off the bench. ... LHP Tony Cingrani (shoulder) has still not been cleared for baseball activities after having his shoulder re-evaluated.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (4-3, 4.63 ERA) pitches Friday night in Arizona. He has 41 strikeouts in five May starts but a 4.19 ERA during that span.

Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (6-2, 3.67) takes the ball at home against Philadelphia. He has won his last three starts.

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R. Martin C40100016.246.363.369.7320.5
M. Beaty LF30000001.278.278.306.5830.0
C. Seager SS00000000.249.341.415.7550.0
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    BATTING
    • 2B - P. Alonso (11)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Smith, C. Gomez, A. Hechavarria, T. Nido 2 (2), J. Vargas
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Muncy (9), D. Freese (6)
    • 3B - C. Taylor (2)
    • RBI - M. Muncy (33), E. Hernandez (27)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Hernandez (14)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Muncy, R. Martin 6 (6)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Verdugo (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Hechavarria-Rosario-Alonso; Alonso-Rosario)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Vargas (L, 1-3)7.06113604.461.5112.0
    H. Santiago0.23110002.451.64-4.0
    D. Gagnon0.10000104.961.220.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Vargas (L, 1-3)7.0
    H. Santiago0.2
    D. Gagnon0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Ryu (W, 8-1)7.24001701.480.8129.5
    K. Jansen (S, 16)1.10000203.330.9011.0
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Ryu (W, 8-1)7.2
    K. Jansen (S, 16)1.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 98-54, H. Santiago 22-18, D. Gagnon 6-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 7-6, H. Santiago 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 28, H. Santiago 5, D. Gagnon
    PITCHING
    • HBP - K. Jansen
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 106-70, K. Jansen 20-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 8-8, K. Jansen 1-1
    • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 28, K. Jansen 5
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    J. Davis LF30000010.252.322.430.752-0.5
    a- D. Smith PH-LF10000011.364.462.5451.007-0.5
    M. Conforto RF40000020.259.399.512.911-1.0
    P. Alonso 1B30100010.265.341.625.9662.5
    T. Frazier 3B30000122.240.295.385.6790.0
    C. Gomez CF40100002.211.318.342.6601.0
    A. Hechavarria 2B30000003.234.280.489.7690.0
    T. Nido C30100012.211.211.395.6050.5
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    • b-singled for Vargas in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    M. Muncy 3B40110021.269.361.505.8662.0
    D. Freese 1B41200011.269.412.500.9123.5
    C. Bellinger RF30100101.377.464.7541.2182.0
    E. Hernandez 2B40110004.217.298.394.6922.0
    A. Verdugo CF30200102.322.376.521.8965.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - P. Alonso (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Smith, C. Gomez, A. Hechavarria, T. Nido 2 (2), J. Vargas
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Muncy (9), D. Freese (6)
      • 3B - C. Taylor (2)
      • RBI - M. Muncy (33), E. Hernandez (27)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Hernandez (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Muncy, R. Martin 6 (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Verdugo (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Hechavarria-Rosario-Alonso; Alonso-Rosario)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Vargas (L, 1-3)7.06113604.461.5112.0
      H. Santiago0.23110002.451.64-4.0
      D. Gagnon0.10000104.961.220.5
      Total8.0922370---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Vargas (L, 1-3)7.0
      H. Santiago0.2
      D. Gagnon0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Ryu (W, 8-1)7.24001701.480.8129.5
      K. Jansen (S, 16)1.10000203.330.9011.0
      Total9.0400190---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Ryu (W, 8-1)7.2
      K. Jansen (S, 16)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 98-54, H. Santiago 22-18, D. Gagnon 6-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 7-6, H. Santiago 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 28, H. Santiago 5, D. Gagnon
      PITCHING
      • HBP - K. Jansen
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 106-70, K. Jansen 20-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 8-8, K. Jansen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 28, K. Jansen 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Hernandez singled to right, Freese scored02
      • 1ST INNING
        Muncy doubled to deep right center, Taylor scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Corey Seager at shortstop
        • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto grounded out to first
        • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Alonso hit by pitch
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • T. Nido: Nido grounded out to second
        • Wilson Ramos hit for Jason Vargas
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Ramos reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Aaron Altherr ran for Wilson Ramos
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Altherr out at second
        • Kenley Jansen relieved Hyun-Jin Ryu
        • Dominic Smith hit for J.D. Davis
        • Do. Smith: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Santiago pitching
        • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Muncy grounded out to second
        • D. Freese: Ball, Foul, Freese doubled to deep right
        • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bellinger lined out to right
        • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez singled to right, Freese scored
        • A. Verdugo: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Verdugo singled to center, Hernandez to third
        • Drew Gagnon relieved Hector Santiago
        • R. Martin: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Ball, Verdugo stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • P. Alonso: Ball, Alonso doubled to deep left
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Gomez: Gomez lined out to center
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hechavarria grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • M. Beaty: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Beaty flied out to center
        • H. Ryu: Ryu grounded out to third
        • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Taylor lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario lined out to left
        • J. Davis: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to third
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Bellinger fouled out to catcher
        • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez popped out to second
        • A. Verdugo: Ball, Strike looking, Verdugo singled to right
        • R. Martin: Martin grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • C. Gomez: Gomez grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hechavarria grounded out to third
        • T. Nido: Ball, Strike swinging, Nido singled to left
        • J. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Vargas lined out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
        • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
        • D. Freese: Freese grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Conforto grounded out to shortstop
        • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Alonso lined out to right
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Martin singled to left center
        • M. Beaty: Beaty grounded into double play shortstop to first, Martin out at second
        • H. Ryu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ryu struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • J. Vargas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Vargas lined out to center
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Freese singled to left center
        • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Bellinger singled to right, Freese to second
        • E. Hernandez: Hernandez popped out to second
        • A. Verdugo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Verdugo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bellinger out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Frazier walked
        • C. Gomez: Gomez singled to left, Frazier to second
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hechavarria popped out to second
        • T. Nido: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • M. Beaty: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beaty grounded out to first
        • H. Ryu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ryu walked
        • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
        • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Muncy struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario flied out to deep center
        • J. Davis: Davis flied out to right
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Conforto struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Taylor tripled to deep left
        • M. Muncy: Ball, Muncy doubled to deep right center, Taylor scored
        • D. Freese: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
        • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bellinger walked
        • E. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez flied out to deep center, Muncy to third
        • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Verdugo walked, Bellinger to second
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Martin reached on fielder's choice to third, Verdugo out at second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)