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Sunday’s game in San Diego marked the return of left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu from the disabled list. He would be attempting to salvage the series after the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped the first two games.
The Dodgers got on the board in the first after Yasiel Puig hit a sun-aided pop up double and Scott Van Slyke knocked him in with a broken-bat single to right field. However, the Padres quickly responded in the bottom half with a pair of doubles to make it 1-1.
After the first, the game settled into a pitchers’ duel with each pitcher retiring the side in order in the second. The Dodger offense worked a pair of walks that was followed by an Adrian Gonzalez single, but Ryu was held at third. A pair of fly outs ended the inning.
Neither team did much against the other until the top of the fifth. Hanley Ramirez drew a walk and Gonzalez singled to bring up Matt Kemp. The right fielder hit an RBI single to make it 2-1.
Ryu continued to shut down the Padres with a perfect inning in the fifth. Both offenses failed to generate much noise in both the sixth and seventh innings. Padres’ starter Eric Stults was removed after the sixth and Blaine Boyer pitched the seventh.
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