LOS ANGELES (AP) — As each 1-2-3 inning went by for the Cincinnati Reds against Hyun-Jin Ryu, the urgency to get someone on base became more intense.
Finally in the eighth, Todd Frazier lined the left-hander's 1-0 pitch down the left-field line for a leadoff double and Cincinnati's first baserunner. The Reds scored three runs against Ryu and Brian Wilson that inning, but it wasn't enough.
Brandon Phillips struck out with the bases loaded against Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to end the rally, and Devin Mesoraco stranded two more runners in the ninth with a fly to center against Jansen. The Reds lost 4-3 on Monday, their 13th one-run defeat of the season.
"We stayed positive in the dugout and were able to keep life in there," right fielder Chris Heisey said. "Everybody was picking each other up, and there was a lot of confidence. You've got to keep battling. When a guy's on his game like he was, you've just got to tip your cap. Finally he made some mistakes, and we were able to get some baserunners and score a couple of runs."
It was another frustrating night for Johnny Cueto (4-4). The right-hander allowed four runs and four hits over 6 1-3 innings, but three of the runs were unearned because of fielding errors by Frazier at first base in the third and shortstop Zack Cozart during the Dodgers' three-run seventh.
"Johnny pitched well. It's a shame," Heisey said. "I know we have not done a great job scoring runs for him this year, and it's frustrating. The guy's pitching his tail off for us and keeping us in every game."
Ryu (5-2) ran the bases and scored during the Dodgers' seventh-inning rally, which lasted more than a half hour. Maybe that took something out of him as he tried to make Los Angeles the first major league team to throw consecutive no-hitters, following Josh Beckett's 6-0 gem Sunday in Philadelphia.
Ryu, who has won all six career starts against Cincinnati, handed a 4-1 lead to Wilson and was charged with three runs and three hits in 7 1-3 innings. Only three balls were hit out of the infield off Ryu through seven innings, but Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, filling in for injured Juan Uribe, robbed Cozart of hits his first two times up with diving stops.
Turner also worked out a 16-pitch walk leading off the seventh, frustrating Cueto even more than his lack of run support.
"When push comes to shove, the guy who really stood out today was Turner — making a couple of great plays on the infield to deny us hits," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "And then his 16-pitch at-bat that really took a lot of the starch out of Johnny in the seventh and led to their big inning."