Ryu extends scoreless streak to 31 innings as Dodgers roll

Posted at 5:20 PM, May 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 17:20:52-04

CINCINNATI (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu threw seven shutout innings to extend his major league-leading streak to 31, Cody Bellinger hit his 17th homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Sunday.

Ryu (6-1) had baserunners in each of his first five innings, but none of them got past second base and he retired his last eight batters. Ryu allowed five hits with one walk and five strikeouts and his ERA is 1.52 for the season.

Alex Verdugo drove in three runs and Russell Martin added a solo homer for the West Division-leading Dodgers.

Verdugo's RBI double gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the second inning and they added a run in the third on a fielder's choice.

Reds right fielder Yasiel Puig hit the wall while making a catch with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning.

Puig leaped and reached into the stands down the right-field line to catch Ryu's fly ball while colliding with the padded wall. He was on the warning track for a few seconds before jogging off the field, rubbing his left elbow, and he batted in the bottom of the inning before leaving the game after the seventh.

Bellinger, who entered the game second in the NL in home runs behind Milwaukee's Christian Yelich, smacked left-handed relief pitcher Wandy Peralta's first pitch deep to center field, where it glanced off the glove of the leaping Nick Senzel and over the fence for a two-run homer.

Bellinger's homer made it 4-0 in the seventh inning. Martin gave Los Angeles a 5-0 lead in the eighth and the Dodgers added three runs in the ninth on a wild pitch and Verdugo's two-run double.

The Reds avoided being blanked in the ninth with Jose Peraza's two-out, two-run homer and Derek Dietrich's pinch-hit solo shot.

Reds starter Tanner Roark (3-3) tied his season high with seven strikeouts while allowing just two hits and two runs with three walks in five innings.


Dodgers: Third baseman Justin Turner returned to the starting lineup after being limited on Saturday to pinch-hitting by a left shin contusion, the result of a foul tip on Friday.


Dodgers: After Monday's day off, LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-0) is the scheduled starter on Tuesday at Tampa Bay in Los Angeles's first interleague series of the season.
Reds: After Monday's day off, RHP Sonny Gray (0-4) is the scheduled starter on Tuesday as Cincinnati opens a five-game road trip with the first of two in Milwaukee.