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LOS ANGELES -- Hyun-Jin Ryu has repeatedly said this season that he basks in the glaring spotlight of Dodger Stadium.

On Saturday night in the first matchup of South Korea natives since 2010, the lights burned bright.

Not as bright as Ryu.

Ryu struck out nine and the Los Angeles Dodgers won their second straight game and for the eighth time in nine games in the second half of the season with a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and center fielder/leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo.

Ryu was masterful up and down the lineup, striking out seven of nine batters (two twice) and allowing nine hits and one run in seven innings. He lowered his home ERA to 1.83 and retired 13 straight at one point as Los Angeles won its ninth game in his last 11 starts.

With Ronald Belisario, Paco Rodriguez and Kenley Jansen providing relief, the Dodgers retired 19 batters to end the game and Jansen picked up his 14th save.

Fill-in left fielder Skip Schumaker gave Ryu a lift with his second home run of the year, a two-run shot off Reds starter Bronson Arroyo in the fifth inning that broke a 1-1 tie.

Schumaker, Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez each had two hits for the Dodgers, who finished with 10 hits.

Arroyo allowed eight hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings, ending a two-game winning streak.

In the notable native matchup, Ryu walked Choo to leadoff the game, but Choo finished 0-for-2.

Ryu made easy work of Cincinnati in the early innings, allowing just two hits and one walk through six innings. Ryu notched eight strikeouts through six, though his one of his few mistakes was drilled over the right field wall by Jay Bruce for his 22nd home run of the year and second of the series.

Bruce's homer tied the score at 1 after Ramirez doubled home Puig in the first inning.

NOTES: LF Carl Crawford missed Saturday's game because of sickness and was replaced in the lineup by Schumaker. Crawford has a seven-game hitting streak, but Schumaker entered the game with seven hits in his last seven starts as well. ... Bruce's home run was his fourth in two weeks. ... Arroyo's three earned runs marked his worst start since July 7 and only the ninth time in 21 starts that he has allowed at least three runs. ... Choo was also involved in the last matchup between two South Korean natives. As a member of the Cleveland Indians in July 2010, Choo struck out against the New York Yankees' Chan Ho Park. ... The Dodgers' 16-5 record in July currently ranks as their third-best month in Los Angeles history.
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