Hyun-jin Ryu continued to confound away from home, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the Giants in the series finale on Thursday afternoon in San Francisco.
Ryu allowed four hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings while striking out three. His 113 pitches were a season high by a Dodgers starter this season.
Thursday was the fourth consecutive scoreless road start for Ryu, joining Orel Hershiser in 1988 as the only Dodgers pitchers since 1914 to do so. Ryu has pitched 26 scoreless innings on the road this season, with 23 strikeouts and six walks. Dating back to 2013, Ryu's road scoreless streak is 28 straight innings and he has allowed one run in his last 42 innings away from home.
Hershiser, in case you were wondering, saw his road streak reach 41 consecutive scoreless innings, over two thirds of his record 59 straight scoreless frames overall.
Dodgers starters in the series had nine walks against just nine strikeouts, but allowed only one run in 18 innings.
The offense cashed in both doubles hit against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner. Scott Van Slyke doubled in the second and is 5-for-7 with two doubles, a home run and three walks against southpaws this season (five plate appearances apiece against Bumgarner and Wade Miley). Tim Federowicz singled him home, snapping an 0-for-17 skid in the process.
Justin Turner, starting at shortstop in place of the injured Hanley Ramirez, doubled in the fifth and scored on a base hit by Adrian Gonzalez, proud owner of a 12-game hitting streak. The 2-0 advantage by the Dodgers was the first two-run lead of the series for either team.
The Dodgers were able to run Bumgarner's pitch count up, perhaps with a little help from the strike zone of home plate umpire Seth Buckminster, the left-hander's day was done after one out in the fifth at 99 pitches.
Brian Wilson, in his first appearance since his activation from the disabled list, allowed the tying runs to reach base in the eighth inning, but escaped the jam by striking out Pablo Sandoval and getting Buster Posey to fly out to center field.
The Giants scored against Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning, thanks to a strikeout wild pitch, a walk and a bloop single, but he recovered for his fifth save.
After a tough series in San Francisco, it's understandable to wonder why can't the Dodgers just play the Diamondbacks again. But after a short flight home Thursday night the Dodgers will do just that, opening a 10-game homestand with a weekend series against Arizona at Dodger Stadium. Zack Greinke starts the opener, against Miley.
Home runs: none
WP - Hyun-jin Ryu (3-1): 7 IP, 4 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
LP - Madison Bumgarner (2-1): 4 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts
Sv - Kenley Jansen (5): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts