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Ryu fans 12 Rockies in win

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LOS ANGELES -- Fresh off the disabled list, Hanley Ramirez hit a home run and a double in just his second game back, on his own bobblehead night.

Still, Hyun-Jin Ryu stole the show.

Or maybe it was South Korean pop singer Psy.

Ryu thrilled his countryman and the Dodger Stadium crowd Tuesday night, striking out a career-high 12 batters as the Los Angeles Dodgers rebounded from a huge loss to Colorado on Monday night to beat the Rockies 6-2.

"I'm very happy; I'm just very thankful the game turned out the way it did," Ryu said of his meeting with Psy. "It would've been really a different situation if it went the other way. I'm glad he came by today."

Ryu went on to say that he realized Tuesday that the music sensation was a "much bigger star than I am," yet the pitcher shined against an aggressive Colorado lineup.

A day after losing 12-2 when the Rockies jumped on Ted Lilly and Josh Wall early, Los Angeles got off to a hot start.

Just one of the Dodgers' big offseason acquisitions, Ryu shut down Colorado over six innings, allowing three hits, two walks and two runs in the best start of his short major league career.

Ryu (3-1) had six strikeouts through three innings as the Dodgers built a 6-1 lead.

"Given what they did last night to us and really with our 'pen kind of being on the edge of disorder, he kind of righted that ship for us," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously the way he pitched, he set the tone."

Added Colorado manager Walt Weiss: "He was really good tonight. You could see it early on. He had his A-game, and he was going to be tough to put together a big inning or put together something big against him. He was in control."

Ramirez was the heavy hitter for Los Angeles, hitting his first home run and double of the season after being activated from the disabled list Monday. Ramirez missed the beginning of the season with a torn ligament in his thumb, an injury he suffered while playing for the Dominican Republic in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic.

"We've seen the first game he played in rehab, and his timing was already there, which is kind of amazing to me," Mattingly said of Ramirez. "It's probably good Hanley played all winter, played in the WBC all the way through. Once you get your timing down, you kind of got it."

Jerry Hairston Jr. added three hits and two runs for the Dodgers, and Nick Punto and Matt Kemp each had two hits.

Los Angeles scored two runs in each of the first three innings, giving Ryu some cushion.

After Carlos Gonzalez homered in the first inning, the Dodgers reeled off six straight runs.

Kemp singled home Hairston in the first inning, and Adrian Gonzalez followed with a sacrifice fly to score Punto. Hairston and Punto again delivered in the second inning, as Hairston singled home Juan Uribe, and Punto singled home Hairston.

"Three through six in this lineup is going to carry us in a lot of games this year, but they can't do it every night," Punto said. "It's nice to take pressure off those guys as we did tonight. Jerry and I at the top got some early runs, and then big Ryu in the nine-hole got a big hit. It's nice if the bookends can get on base and create a little havoc there."

Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa (2-3) allowed 11 hits and six runs in four innings. He fell to 0-8 in his career against the Dodgers, and his team has never won against Los Angeles when he starts (0-14).

"It's like they know what's coming," De La Rosa said. "I have to do something different the next time I face them."

NOTES: Los Angeles LHP Clayton Kershaw is on the bereavement list because of the death of his father, the team was announced Tuesday. Kershaw is expected to join the Dodgers in San Francisco for his scheduled start on Friday. He is required to be on the bereavement list for at least three days and at most seven. ... Los Angeles recalled RHP Javy Guerra from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday and optioned Wall to Triple-A. Wall allowed seven runs in two innings Monday against Colorado, raising his ERA to 18.00. ... Lilly was scheduled for an MRI on his back Tuesday. ... Colorado SS Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder strain) missed his second straight game. ... Dodgers LF Carl Crawford was scratched due to a tight right hamstring. ... Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (left lower back strain) threw six innings in an extended spring training game. He could come off the disabled list to start Sunday. ... Colorado has won four of its past six series against Los Angeles.
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