Behind Ryu, L.A. sweeps into the lead in NL West

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Behind Ryu, L.A. sweeps into the lead in NL West

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in San Francisco. [AP/NEWSIS]

Carl Crawford hit an RBI triple to back Ryu Hyun-Jin’s third straight victory, and the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers completed a sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-3 win Sunday night.

Ryu (12-5) moved to within two wins of his rookie total last year and improved to 4-1 in five outings at AT&T Park, where in one dominant weekend the Dodgers made quite a statement to take over the NL West’s top spot.

In his Giants debut, Jake Peavy threw a pair of wild pitches in the fifth as the Dodgers went ahead on Hanley Ramirez’s RBI single ahead of Crawford’s triple to the corner in deep right field.

Matt Kemp singled twice and the Dodgers leave the Bay Area with a 1 1/2-game division lead after outscoring the Giants 17-4.

San Francisco suffered its first three-game sweep in the rivalry since June 24-26, 2013, at Dodger Stadium. The last Dodgers sweep at AT&T Park came July 27-29, 2012.

Buster Posey hit a solo home run in the fifth for San Francisco’s first extra-base hit since Hunter Pence doubled in the ninth inning Wednesday at Philadelphia — the Giants’ first three-game stretch without an extra-base hit since May 30-June 1, 2002.

Ryu struck out seven in six innings and improved to 8-2 in 11 road starts. Kenley Jansen followed scoreless innings by J.P. Howell and Brian Wilson for his 30th save.

Peavy (0-1) pitched a day after being traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Giants for a pair of minor league pitchers, reuniting him with former manager Bruce Bochy. Peavy pitched for Bochy and the Padres in the playoffs in 2005-06.

Bochy stuck with the right-hander to get through the sixth after he allowed a leadoff walk to Juan Uribe. Peavy drew regular roars from a lively sellout crowd at AT&T Park as fans found plenty to cheer about after a frustrating few days.

He allowed six hits and four runs — three earned — struck out five and walked two in six innings.

Peavy dropped to 14-3 with a 2.28 ERA in 26 starts against Los Angeles, including a three-hitter last Aug. 25 at Dodger Stadium in which he struck out five and walked one.

Second baseman Dan Uggla committed two errors, including one that helped tie it early after he scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the third.

Uggla’s fielding error leading off the top of the fourth allowed Ramirez to reach and Uribe later singled in the tying run.

The Giants lost for the 19th time in their last 25 home games.

AP



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