Ryu and Turner star in Dodgers’ 9-0 win over Braves
By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer
May 07, 2019 10:06 PM
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Los Angeles.
Mark J. Terrill
Hyun-Jin Ryu tossed a four-hit shutout, Justin Turner homered three times and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Atlanta Braves 9-0 Tuesday night for their ninth straight win at home.
Tyler Flowers singled to left leading off the sixth for Ryu’s first baserunner of the game. Former Dodger Charlie Culberson grounded into a double play that quickly cleared the base paths.
Turner’s three homers and six RBIs were career highs. His last blast came in the eighth, a three-run shot into the left field pavilion that extended the lead to 9-0.
Ryu (4-1) struck out five and walked none in his second career complete game. His first came on May 28, 2013, at home against the Angels.
The South Korean left-hander hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in any of his seven starts this season. He has walked just two batters in all.
Ryu even got his first hit of the season in the sixth, a high-arching single that dropped just inside the line in shallow right field. He struck out with the bases loaded in the eighth and was cheered walking back to the dugout.
Turner went 4 for 5 with a strikeout and scored three runs. He hit a solo shot in the first and led off the fifth with a blast over the wall in center, leading the crowd to chant his first name.
The Dodgers have homered in 16 of 18 at Chavez Ravine, smashing 33 out of the park.
Atlanta sluggers Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña Jr. were a combined 0 for 7. Freeman struck out swinging to end the game.
Cody Bellinger robbed Acuña to end the seventh when he backhanded the ball on the run in right field and rolled over.
Braves starter Max Fried left the game after getting hit in the left hand by a comebacker from Alex Verdugo in the second. The team said X-rays were negative and Fried was day-to-day with a contusion on his hand.
Fried gave up four runs and four hits in one-plus innings, struck out one and walked one. He had two wild pitches in the first.
Jerry Blevins (4-2) took the loss.
Dodgers: LHP Caleb Ferguson (oblique) tossed between 15 and 20 pitches in a simulated game, facing Joc Pederson and Travis d’Arnaud. He had no pain. Ferguson will go on a rehab assignment in a few days. … SS Corey Seager had the day off.
Braves: RH Mike Foltynewicz (0-1, 5.06) starts the series finale.
Dodgers: LH Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 2.77) last faced the Braves in Game 2 of last year’s NLDS at home. He pitched eight shutout innings and struck out three to earn the victory.