The first-inning issues of the otherwise-reliable Hyun-Jin Ryu went from somewhat apparent to a little more obvious today. The Red Sox torched the big left-hander for four runs in the opening frame. The rally turned on a well-placed infield single by Dustin Pedroia after Ryu appeared to have struck him out but didn’t get the call. It ended when Jonny Gomes slammed a three-run homer.
From there, Ryu reverted to form, retiring 14 of 16 the rest of the way before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth. But against Boston left-hander Jon Lester, who spent most of the afternoon dominating the Dodgers hitters, the damage had been done. Lester shut out the Dodgers on three hits through seven, and when he finally ran into mild trouble in the eighth, when the Dodgers scored both of their runs, the bullpen bailed him out.
Fate didn’t smile on the Dodgers much, either. It seemed like every time they got a man on base, somebody would line into a double play, including once when Yasiel Puig was running on the pitch and had no chance of getting back safely.
For the season, Ryu now has a 4.32 ERA in the first innings of his 25 starts this season, with opposing batters hitting .295 with six home runs and 11 walks. For all other innings combined (a total of 175 2/3), Ryu is at 2.00, with opposing batters hitting .241 with six home runs and 34 walks.
The Dodgers’ latest winning streak ended at four games as their record fell to 76-53.