8:10 PM ET, May 26, 2014
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
"You have to throw a perfect game to top Beckett," Mattingly told the South Korean left-hander.
Ryu nearly did.
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"For a minute there, I thought, 'Whew, he might do it,' " Mattingly said.
The Reds hit only three balls out of the infield before Frazier doubled down the left-field line on an 0-1 pitch. That followed a three-run seventh by the Dodgers in which Ryu ran the bases and scored.
Ryu came close to making the Dodgers the first team in major league history with consecutive no-hitters. Beckett won 6-0 on Sunday.
"Of course it was in the back of my mind," Ryu said through a translator, explaining that he had never carried a no-hit bid that deep. "It wasn't until the seventh that I thought it could happen."
Los Angeles pitchers tossed a club-record 17 straight hitless innings dating to Saturday, when Paul Maholm got it started against the Phillies.
The only other team since 1974 to have a no-hitter through seven innings in back-to-back games was the Oakland Athletics on July 14-15, 2005, against Texas, according to STATS.
"It gives us confidence as a ballclub that what we've been built for is to pitch," Mattingly said. "It tells me we can get on a roll."
"I was more nervous tonight," Mattingly said. "It's a one-run game and one swing can change the whole game. It was fun to watch until the eighth."
Cincinnati scored three times in the eighth, but right fielder Yasiel Puig made a key defensive play when he cut off Billy Hamilton's two-run double in the gap. The relay home held Skip Schumaker at third, and Kenley Jansen struck out Brandon Phillips with the bases loaded to preserve a 4-3 lead.
Jansen also worked the ninth, retiring Devin Mesoraco with two on for his 15th save.
Johnny Cueto (4-4) allowed four hits and four runs -- one earned -- in 6 1/3 innings.
Ryu (5-2) was charged with three runs and three hits in 7 1/3 innings, improving to 6-0 in six starts against the Reds. He struck out seven and walked none while winning for the first time at Dodger Stadium this season. He was 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in three previous home starts.
"He was great through seven," said backup catcher Drew Butera, who also caught Beckett's game. "When guys see a pitcher a third time they're a little more confident. He still made some good pitches; they just found some holes."
Ryu got help from third baseman Justin Turner, who was playing for injured Juan Uribe. Turner made two diving stops in the hole against Zack Cozart his first two times up and threw him out both times.
"It was a huge part," Ryu said. "He motivated me to focus more and try a little harder."
Reds manager Bryan Price singled out Turner as a standout.
"His 16-pitch at-bat really took a lot of the starch out of Johnny in the seventh and led to their big inning," Price said.
Ryu left to a standing ovation not long after Frazier spoiled his bid for the first perfect game in the majors since Felix Hernandez accomplished the feat for Seattle against Tampa Bay on Aug. 15, 2012.
Ryan Ludwick followed with a single, moving Frazier to third. He scored on Chris Heisey's sacrifice fly that left the Reds trailing 4-1. Brayan Pena singled, bringing Mattingly to the mound to remove Ryu.
"He was throwing every pitch in any count and just kept us off balance really well," Heisey said. "He wasn't leaving anything over the middle of the plate. It was almost like he was setting up his fastball with his changeup and his curveball. He did a great job of mixing it up and not giving in."
The Reds continued the rally after Brian Wilson replaced Ryu. Wilson gave up Hamilton's two-run double and walked Cozart before he was yanked and angrily slammed his glove twice against the dugout wall. Wilson paced back and forth several times, then began clapping as Jansen was introduced.
Ryu faced a Reds lineup in which only one batter began the day batting over .264. That was Phillips, who came in hitting .281.
The Dodgers had a long inning in the seventh, which started with Turner's 16-pitch walk. Ryu was later credited with his first RBI of the season.
Cozart charged Ryu's slow bouncer to shortstop with the infield playing in, hoping for a play at the plate. Instead, Cozart bobbled the ball and all the runners were safe. Turner scored to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
Los Angeles led 1-0 in the third on a two-out fielding error by Frazier, who was making his second start at first base this season because of Votto's absence.
Sandy Koufax remains the only Dodgers pitcher with a perfect game, a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at home on Sept. 9, 1965. ... Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully missed the game because of a chest cold that was expected to keep him out of the booth Tuesday as well. ... The Dodgers will give away Ryu bobbleheads on Tuesday.
Regular Season Series
|3rd||D Gordon safe at first on error by first baseman T Frazier, D Butera scored.||0||1|
|7th||H Ryu safe at first on error by shortstop Z Cozart, J Turner scored, E Arruebarrena to third.||0||2|
|7th||C Crawford doubled to left, H Ryu and D Gordon scored.||0||4|
|8th||C Heisey hit sacrifice fly to center, T Frazier scored.||1||4|
|8th||B Hamilton doubled to right center, R Ludwick and B Pena scored, S Schumaker to third.||3||4|
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|Stadium||Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA|
|Attendance||45,505 (81.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||76 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Gerry Davis|
From Elias: The Dodgers streak of 17 consecutive hitless innings pitched matches the longest in the majors over the last 50 years. The Angels had a 17-inning streak in 2012 (May 1-3, 2012).
Entering today, Hyun-Jin Ryu had never put together a no-hit bid longer than 3 1/3 IP in 38 career MLB starts. His career-long perfect game bid was 2 1/3 IP.
There have been 23 perfect games in MLB history... Last perfect game: Felix Hernandez in August 2012 Only perfect game by Dodger: Sandy Koufax in 1965. The Reds have never had a perfect game thrown against them. This is the longest perfect-game bid of the season -- Danny Duffy and Yu Darvish each had perfect-game bids for 6 2/3 IP Last no-hitter & Last Dodgers no-hitter: Josh Beckett against the Phillies-- yesterday Last time Reds were no-hit: Roy Halladay in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS Tomorrow is Hyun-Jin Ryu Bobblehead Night
Matt Kemp's numbers have fallen off since he finished 2nd in MVP voting in 2011. His homerun rate (percent of at-bats ending in a home run) this season is nearly half of what it was in 2011.[+]
Matt Kemp HR Rate - Last 4 Seasons
Ryu is from South Korea. An Asian pitcher has never pitched a perfect game. The only Asian no-hitter was by Hideo Nomo twice (Red Sox in 2001, Dodgers in 1996).
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