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By The Sports Xchange June 8, 2013 1:40 AM
LOS ANGELES -- The legend of Yasiel Puig continues to grow. And to a lesser extent, so, too, does that of rookie left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu pitched into the eighth inning of a tie game and Puig hit a home run in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves in 10 innings on Friday night in Dodger Stadium. They helped set the stage for a dramatic ending when Skip Schumaker scored from third base on a wild pitch by Anthony Varvaro. Puig had tied the score at 1 with a two-out home run into the left-field pavilion in the sixth off Atlanta starter Paul Maholm. It was his second home run in as many nights after breaking Thursday's game open with an eighth-inning grand slam, his fourth homer in five games. It was also his 10th RBI, which ties him with Danny Espinosa (2010) and Jack Merson (1951) as the only major leaguers since 1920 to have 10 RBI in their first five games. Ryu exited with two outs in the eighth after surrendering six hits and one run while striking out six in another quality effort. The only Atlanta came in the fourth when Freddie Freeman doubled and Dan Uggla drove him in with a single to make it 1-0. Maholm was equally as impressive, 7 1/3 innings while giving up one run and four hits. He left with one out in the eighth and a runner at second base after a leadoff single to Ramon Hernandez followed by a sacrifice bunt by Luis Cruz. Jordan Walden took over and was met with a passed ball by catcher Evan Gattis to put Hernandez at third base. Walden got Juan Uribe to ground out to short, bringing up Puig. But the Braves decided to put Puig on with an intentional walk rather than pitch to him. The move paid off as Walden wiggled out of the mess by getting Mark Ellis to pop out to right. NOTES: Hanley Ramirez was out of the lineup again for the Dodgers, the result of tightness in the same left hamstring that landed him on the disabled list and kept him out of the lineup for most of May. The Dodgers don't seem concerned that it will be a long-range issue for Ramirez, although in the short term it was just another unfortunate hit in a season of them for the shortstop. He started the year on the disabled list after suffering a thumb injury in the World Baseball Classic, then played just four games before straining his left hamstring May 3. ... The Braves' eighth-round pick Friday in the 2013 first-year player draft had a familiar ring. Kyle Wren, a junior outfielder selected with the 253rd overall pick, is the son of Braves general manager Frank Wren. The younger Wren is coming off a tremendous junior season for Georgia Tech, hitting .360 and stealing a team-high 28 bases.