Juan Uribe had the game of his life on Friday night, coming within a single of the cycle on his way to seven runs batted in to tie a career high and lead the Dodgers to a 10-2 thrashing of the Giants in the opener of a three-game series at AT&T Park.
Uribe also drove in seven runs on June 19, 2004 while with the White Sox, against the Expos. He came to bat in the ninth inning needing just a single for the cycle, but struck out. But on the season Uribe is hitting .280/.355/.445.
From June 16 through the end of 2012, Uribe played in 37 of 97 team games and drove in a total of six runs, one shy of his total Friday night. Since signing with the Dodgers prior to the 2011 season, the only months prior to now in which Uribe drove in at lease seven runs were April 2011 (14 RBI) and April 2012 (seven RBI).
The Dodgers roughed up Matt Cain for eight runs in under three innings, by far his shortest outing and most runs allowed against Los Angeles in his career.
The two major blows were struck by Uribe, who doubled to left for two runs in the second inning, then tripled to left with the bases loaded in the third inning, the latter helped by an ill-timed dive by left fielder Cole Gillespie in his Giants debut.
Coming into Friday the Dodgers had two extra-base hits in 78 plate appearances with the bases loaded on the season, but Uribe had two by himself against the Giants.
It was more than enough support for Hyun-jin Ryu, who allowed a run in the first but otherwise cruised to his seventh win of the season. He retired 11 straight batters heading into the seventh inning, when he allowed his second run.
It was the eighth consecutive quality start for Ryu, whose 14 quality starts in 17 outings is tied with teammate Clayton Kershaw for fourth in the National League. Ryu, who has pitched at least six innings in 16 of his 17 starts, is 7-3 with a 2.82 ERA.
The win was Ryu's first since May 28.
- Matt Kemp left the game after two innings with what the team characterized as left shoulder AC joint irritation. The center fielder is listed as day-to-day. Manager Don Mattingly said after the game that Kemp would likely miss "a couple of days," but that a stint on the disabled list was unlikely.
- The last Dodger before Uribe to drive in seven runs in game was James Loney, who set an LA Dodger record with nine RBI on Sept. 28, 2006 in Colorado.
- Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, tied for the longest in his career with a 2009 streak while with the Marlins. Ramirez during the streak is hitting a robust .492 (30-for-61). It is the longest hitting streak by a Dodger this season.
- Yasiel Puig went 1-for-5 with a double and a walk to extend his hitting streak to nine games, and he is hitting .420/.449/.706 on the season. He joins Joe DiMaggio and Roy Weatherly in 1936 as the only MLB players with 50 hits in their first 30 MLB games, per ESPN.
- The last Dodger before Uribe to have a double, triple and home run in the same game was Kemp on June 9, 2011 at Coors Field.
- Relief pitcher Juan Dominguez, in just his third major league game, hit for himself in the ninth inning for his first major league plate appearance. Dominguez struck out.
- After being held to single digits for each of the first 82 games of the season, the Dodgers have scored 10 runs in two of their last three games.
The Dodgers send steady Stephen Fife to the mound on Saturday afternoon in a game on big Fox. Madison Bumgarner gets the start for the Giants.
Home run: Juan Uribe (5)
WP - Hyun-jin Ryu (7-3): 6⅔ IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts
LP - Matt Cain (5-5): 2⅓ IP, 6 hits, 8 runs, 4 walks, 1 strikeout