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Hyun-Jin Ryu took the mound Saturday looking to remain undefeated on the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks and to give the Los Angeles Dodgers their third consecutive win over their division opponent from the desert.
Ryu allowed a leadoff single to Ender Inciarte in the first inning, but ended after getting a strikeout and 9-3 double play. Dee Gordon led off the bottom of the first with a double down the right field line and Adrian Gonzalez’s two-run home run provided Ryu with early run support.
Matt Kemp followed Gonzalez’s home run with a single to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, though the Dodgers ended the inning in the same fashion as the Diamondbacks — on a 9-3 double play. Mark Trumbo hit a leadoff double in the second inning and an Aaron Hill single gave the Diamondbacks runners on the corners with no outs.
Ryu then walked Cody Ross to load the bases, but got out of the jam by sandwiching a line out with two strikeouts. After the rocky first inning, Chase Anderson continued to settle in as he allowed just one runner to reach in the second and third innings.
While Anderson found his groove, Ryu did the same and ran his strikeout total to four through four innings as the Dodgers maintained a 2-0 lead.
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