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Austin Barnes drives in three, Ryu whiffs 10 as Dodgers win

The Dodgers now have the best record in the NL

Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

Things couldn’t have gone better for Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers on Friday night, as they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2.

After missing a few starts with an injury, Ryu made his second start since his return and had one of the better outings of his career. For the first time since 2014, he had 10 strikeouts. In his seven innings of work, he walked zero and surrendered only two runs.

Cody Bellinger continued his historic start to the season in the first inning. He hit a two-run homer to give him his 13th of the season. With the home run, he officially set the major-league record for most total bases before May 1. He’s also approaching other MLB records as well, such as most hits, home runs and RBI before the first of May.

Bellinger wasn’t the only hot bat on the night for the Dodgers. Austin Barnes, who was hitting under .100 since April 9, came up huge for LA. In the second inning, he hit a 3-2 slider into the stands for his third homer of the year. He drove in two more runs two innings later, doubling to center and giving the Dodgers a 6-2 lead.

Friday particulars

WP: Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1) 7 IP, 10 SO, 2 ER, 0 BB

LP: Chris Archer (1-2) 4 IP, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

Up next

Clayton Kershaw will look for his first win of the season, as he’ll face one of the best pitchers in the National League this year, Joe Musgrove (1.59 ERA in five games). First pitch is at 6:10 pm PT on SportsNet LA.