Dodgers 6, Pirates 2

The SportsXchange

LOS ANGELES - Hyun-Jin Ryu bounced back from an average first outing to win his first Major League game as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

With the win, the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep as three starters shut down the Pirates in consecutive outings.

Ryu, one of Los Angeles' prize offseason acquisition after signing a $36-million contract that wooed him away from the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization, threw 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball, settling down after allowing an early home run. Ryu had six strikeouts and two walks and threw 67 strikes in 101 pitches.

Unlike Ryu's first start, when the Dodgers were shut out 3-0 by the San Francisco Giants, the L.A. lineup lit up a Pittsburgh staff that had been off to an impressive start.

Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with four RBIs after have just one RBI in his first four games as he builds off a strong 2012 campaign. Last year, he batted .392 with runners in scoring position and finished tied for seventh in the Majors with 108 RBIs.

Justin Sellers added a solo home run for his first hit of the year to open the bottom of the seventh inning for the Dodgers. Starling Marte went 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Pirates, but he was the only Pittsburgh batter with two hits.

Los Angeles built a small lead midway through the game on the strength of timely hitting and the speed of Carl Crawford.

Crawford scored on a Matt Kemp sacrifice fly in the third inning that broke a 2-2 tie and on a Gonzalez RBI single in the fifth inning.

Ryu got off to a much faster start against the Pirates than he did in his season-opening loss to the Giants, when he allowed 10 hits. Ryu had five strikeouts and allowed just three hits in the first six innings, though Pittsburgh's second hit was a big one.

Andrew McCutchen smashed a Ryu offering over the left field wall for a two-run home run in the first inning.

The Dodgers responded in the bottom of the inning on Gonzalez's two-run double that scored Kemp and Nick Punto.

NOTES: Los Angeles won the first two games of the series by a combined score of 4-0, including win No. 600 under general manager Ned Colletti on Saturday. ... The Pirates went 0-3 at Dodger Stadium in 2012 and were riding an eight-game road losing streak against the Dodgers since 2011. ... Jeff Locke was fantastic in spring training, finishing 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA in seven appearances (six starts). Locke showed promise late last season, picking up his first win in his final start of the season against Atlanta on Oct. 1. ... Pittsburgh dropped its first five road games last season. ... Entering the game, the Pirates were the only team in the Majors to not allow three runs in a game.
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