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Ryu, Dodgers end Pirates' home win streak, 5-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm •  Published: July 21, 2014
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A sharp Hyun-Jin Ryu and some clutch hitting enabled the Los Angeles Dodgers to overcome the absence of two top sluggers.

Ryu pitched seven strong innings, Adrian Gonzalez reached base five times and Los Angeles beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Monday night.

Ryu (11-5) joined Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in making the Dodgers the first team in the majors with three 11-game winners. The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

"He had a good fastball, a good curveball and he threw his fastball to both sides of the plate," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. "I thought he pitched really well and kept them off balance the whole time."

Justin Turner had two RBIs and scored twice for the Dodgers, who snapped Pittsburgh's six-game home winning streak.

Pirates starter Edinson Volquez (8-7) had won four straight starts, tying his career high.

Los Angeles played without right fielder Yasiel Puig (left hand) and shortstop Hanley Ramirez (left wrist) after both were injured when they were hit by pitches last weekend in St. Louis. Puig and Ramirez had X-rays in Pittsburgh that came back negative Monday.

To compensate for their absence, Mattingly started Matt Kemp in right field — his first appearance there since 2009 — and Turner at shortstop. Turner's start was his first since June 28, the day he sustained a strained left hamstring that put him on the disabled list for three weeks.

Dee Gordon and Juan Uribe also had two hits apiece for Los Angeles, is two percentage points behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West.

Brian Wilson and J.P. Howell combined to pitch a scoreless eighth before Kenley Jansen earned his 29th save in 32 opportunities.

Andrew McCutchen had two hits and a run for the Pirates, who were coming off a home sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

Turner scored on Kemp's double in the third for the game's first run. The following inning, Turner's sharp liner wasn't handled by Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison and turned into a two-run double.

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