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Dodgers extend winning streak to seven games in 4-2 victory over Mets

August 13, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers a pitch during the Dodgers' 4-2 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday.
Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers a pitch during the Dodgers'… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)

They are marching now, like a conqueror hungry for more territory. They are Genghis Khan through Asia, Alexander the Great through Persia, Jennifer Lawrence through Hollywood.

Right now the Dodgers can’t be stopped nor contained, but pretty much just admired.

They won again Tuesday, of course, churning through the Mets for a 4-2 victory, their seventh consecutive win and 39th in 47 games, in front of 46,335 at Dodger Stadium.

BOX SCORE: Dodgers 4, Mets 2

They played without Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier and still beat baseball’s latest young throwing sensation, Matt Harvey.

They won behind the excellent pitching of Hyun-Jin Ryu and with Nick Punto and A.J. Ellis leading their supporting cast on offense, as the Dodgers maintained their 7½-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West.

Juan Lagares staked Harvey to a 1-0 lead when he hit a home run against Ryu in the first inning.

For a long while, one run looked like it might be enough. After four innings, it remained a 1-0 game with the Dodgers showing little against the hard-throwing Harvey.

But in the fifth inning a one-out walk to Ellis and a single by Juan Uribe proceeded a two-run double by Punto. Uribe showed some unexpected speed, scoring from first base without a throw.

Then in the sixth inning, the Dodgers added two runs. Mark Ellis and Yasiel Puig singled before A.J. Ellis doubled both home.

That was more than enough for Ryu (12-3), who continues to enjoy an outstanding rookie season. The South Korean went seven strong innings, holding the Mets to the one run, five hits and a walk. He struck out three.

Kenley Jansen gave up one run in the ninth before earning his 19th save.

Harvey (9-4), the National League's starting pitcher at the All-Star game, went six innings. He gave up four runs, eight hits and two walks.

The Dodgers’ 39-8 run equals the best 47-game stretch in major league baseball since the New York Giants pulled it off in 1951.

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