SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hasn't figured out his pitching rotation for the playoffs just yet. It's a good bet Hyun-Jin Ryu will be a part of it.
The South Korean lefty had another stellar outing in his next-to-last bid to make an impression on Mattingly and his staff, combining with two relievers on a five-hitter that sent Los Angeles past the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Tuesday night.
In doing so, Ryu cemented himself as a viable NL Rookie of the Year contender. He just might have secured a start in the playoffs as well.
"We haven't made any decision on who it's going to be, but I've always been comfortable with Hyun-Jin, the way he pitches," Mattingly said. "We think he's been great all year long. We couldn't have asked for anything more than what he's given us."
Matt Kemp hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the sixth inning for the Dodgers. Yasiel Puig also went deep after getting hit by a pitch from Giants starter Matt Cain earlier in the game.
Carl Crawford added three hits for the NL West champions, who have won three straight.
Ryu (14-7) struck out six and walked one to tie Shelby Miller of St. Louis for most wins by a rookie in the National League. He retired 13 of his first 15 batters until Tony Abreu's home run in the fifth, then set down eight of the next 10 before giving way to Brian Wilson.
Ryu is expected to make one more start in the Dodgers' regular-season finale against Colorado on Sunday. He said he hasn't even begun to think about the playoffs.
"My goal is to finish out the regular season," Ryu said. "I'll start thinking about the postseason once the regular season is done."
The Giants got just one runner past first base and were held to no more than one run for the third time in four games.
"We just couldn't get much off them offensively," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "We're cold right now. The pitching was there but we just couldn't get the runs on the board."
Mattingly had Ryu warm up to begin the eighth before calling for Wilson. The bearded former Giants closer, who was so instrumental in the franchise's World Series run in 2010, received a mixed response from the crowd at AT&T Park as he trotted in from the bullpen.