SAN DIEGO (AP) — There is something about the Padres and playing them in San Diego that agrees with Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ryu threw six strong innings and the Dodgers beat the Padres 2-1 Sunday soon after San Diego's general manager Josh Byrnes was fired.
Ryu (9-3) had few problems against the light-hitting Padres, as he won for the sixth time in seven starts since missing more than three weeks with shoulder inflammation.
"I try to be aggressive in every ballpark that I pitch in," Ryu said through a translator. "Today, I think the main thing was ball control. I was able to keep the ball down early and that was the story."
The Dodgers, winners of 10 of 14, took two of three games in the series and have either won or split their last 11 series in San Diego. The last time they lost a series in San Diego was a three-game sweep in September 2010.
"It felt good to get this series," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. "We got a couple of runs early and you'd like to keep tacking on. Hyun-Jin was throwing the ball good and our bullpen did a nice job to held on for the series."
The left-handed Ryu gave up one runs and four hits, and he did not allow San Diego to get its first hit until the fourth inning.
"He got off to a good start," said Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis. "He kept them off balance the first time through the lineup. They made some good adjustments, made him throw more in the middle innings."
In three career starts against the Padres, Ryu has allowed only two earned runs in 19 1-3 innings.
Byrnes had been San Diego's GM since October 2011. The Padres went 76-86 in his first two seasons and are 32-44 and 13 1/2 games back in the NL West this season.
Adrian Gonzalez and Dee Gordon drove in runs against Eric Stults (2-10).
J.P. Howell pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings and Brian Wilson got two outs before Kenley Jansen finished off the four-hitter by pitching the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances.
Hanley Ramirez got the Dodgers going in the first with a one-out single. He stole a base and took third on a wild pitch when Stults walked Yasiel Puig. Ramirez scored on Gonzalez's ground out.
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