Hyun-Jin Ryu picked up where Josh Beckett left off, striking out Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton to open the game. Ryu then got Zack Cozart to ground out and Brandon Phillips to fly out to end the top of the first. Reds starter Johnny Cueto also worked his way through an effortless opening inning, capped off with a strikeout of Yasiel Puig that the Dodger right fielder was fooled on.
Ryu retired the Reds in order in the second and third innings, collecting his second and strikeouts of the game along the way. Justin Turner made back-to-back diving stops in the fourth inning to keep the Reds without a hit.
Drew Butera hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth inning and was sacrificed over to second base on the second out of the inning. Dee Gordon hit a ball to Reds first baseman Todd Frazier that hit off Frazier, which allowed Gordon to reach safely and Butera to score. Adrian Gonzalez came up with the bases loaded but hit into a fielder’s choice and the Dodgers settled for a 1-0 lead at the end of the third.
The Reds were unable to get a runner on in the fifth and sixth innings and Cueto also kept the Dodgers off the bases going into the seventh. Ryu got through the top of the Reds’ lineup in the seventh and Cueto was forced to labor for the first time in the game. Turner worked a 16-pitch at-bat that resulted in a walk to open the bottom of the seventh. After a Butera fly out, Erisbel Arruebarrena hit a ground-rule double to put runners on second and third with one out. Ryu hit a chopper to Cozart that the shortstop was unable to field cleanly and Turner scored on the error.
Cueto’s night was over after the Dodgers scored their second unearned run of the game and he was relieved by Manny Parra. The left-hander got Gordon to hit into a fielder’s choice, then allowed a two-out double to Carl Crawford that scored two and gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead.
Ryu’s perfect game was broken up on Frazier a leadoff double in the eighth that was followed by a Ryan Ludwick single that put runners on the corners with no outs. Chris Heisey hit a sacrifice fly to get the Reds within 4-1 and after allowing another single, Ryu gave way to Brian Wilson.
Wilson got pinch-hitter Devin Mesoraco swinging for the second out, then struggled with the next three batters, allowing a walk, double and a second walk that loaded the bases. As part of a double switch, Kenley Jansen entered the game with the Dodgers clinging to 4-3 lead, so too did Scott Van Slyke, who replaced Crawford in left. Jansen got the Dodgers out of the jam by getting Phillips, who struck out twice on the night.
Jansen took the mound in the ninth and allowed a two-out single to Heisey, who then took second on a passed ball. Jansen put the go-ahead runner on first via a walk, then got Mesoraco to fly out on the first pitch, giving the closer his fourth career four-out save as the Dodgers defeated the Reds, 4-3.
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