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The Associated Press

After recording his first career shutout, New York Mets starter Matt Harvey now hopes to cool off the surging Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hyun-Jin Ryu may not have Harvey's household name, but he's been just as good at shutting down opposing lineups lately.

Los Angeles seeks its first seven-game winning streak in more than three years and an eighth victory in its last nine meetings with the visiting Mets on Tuesday night.

Harvey (9-3, 2.09 ERA) tossed a gem Wednesday, pitching a four-hitter in a 5-0 win over Colorado. It also marked his first complete game in 33 career starts.

"My mindset's never going to be not to throw a complete game," Harvey said. "That's always my approach. That's always going to be my approach."

Manager Terry Collins wasn't about to remove Harvey, who hasn't allowed an earned run in three of his last four starts while going 2-1 with a 0.91 ERA in that stretch.

"You don't have many opportunities to pitch shutouts. He needs to know how to do it," Collins said. "To have that beast that wants to go out there for the ninth, especially with a five- or six-run lead? Very unique, and it's good to have him."

The right-hander's four-start winning streak to begin the season came to an end against the Dodgers, though, as he gave up three runs in six innings before the Mets rallied for a 7-3, 10-inning victory April 24.

New York didn't fare as well against Ryu the next day, as he allowed one run and three hits while striking out eight in seven innings of the Dodgers' 3-2 win.

Ryu (11-3, 2.99) has won his last four starts and has a 1.40 ERA over the last three after giving up an unearned run in seven innings of Thursday's 5-1 win at St. Louis. The Dodgers (68-50) have won his last eight starts since he fell 6-4 to the New York Yankees on June 19.

The rookie left-hander, who pitched for seven years in Korea before making his major league debut, is tied for the team lead in wins with Clayton Kershaw and has helped Los Angeles' rotation post a 3.22 ERA that's the best in the majors.

"This guy knows how to pitch so well,'' catcher A.J. Ellis said. "He pitches to the scoreboard as well as anyone I've caught. He knew he had a great lineup that we had to face, and from the get-go, he was really locked in.''

The NL West leaders have been locked in for quite a while now, winning 21 of their last 24. The Dodgers also are in the midst of their best 46-game stretch (38-8) since 1900.

Adrian Gonzalez drove in a run for the seventh straight game, Yasiel Puig knocked him in with a go-ahead sacrifice fly in a three-run sixth and Nick Punto hit a solo homer in the seventh of Monday's 4-2 win over the Mets.

"It's a special group. Hopefully, special things can happen,'' Punto said. "We have a lot of talent on this team and things are clicking.''

John Buck and Omar Quintanilla each had an RBI for New York (54-62), which had won five of its previous six.

The Mets have a 4.99 ERA while dropping seven of eight to the Dodgers, who had lost six of eight home meetings to New York prior to Monday.

Los Angeles hasn't won seven straight since a nine-game run in May 2010. This is its seventh six-game streak since then.

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