Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Hyun-Jin Ryu had his perfect game broken up in the eighth inning, but the Los Angeles Dodgers held on for a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.
After Josh Beckett twirled the 21st no-hitter in franchise history in the Dodgers' 6-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday, Ryu retired the first 21 hitters he faced in order to help LA take a 1-0 lead into the home seventh.
Ryu then plated a run before scoring on Carl Crawford's two-run double that capped the Dodgers' three-run seventh inning to extend the margin to 4-0.
However, running the bases appeared to take a toll on Ryu, who served up a leadoff double to Todd Frazier in the eighth to snap a string of 17 straight hitless innings by Los Angeles hurlers.
Ryan Ludwick followed with a single to put men on the corners and Frazier scored on Chris Heisey's sacrifice fly. Brayan Pena then singled to chase Ryu, as Brian Wilson entered from the bullpen.
Wilson promptly fanned pinch-hitter Devin Mesoraco, but walked pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker before Billy Hamilton smacked a two-run double into the gap in right-center field to bring the Reds within 4-3.
After Wilson walked Zack Cozart, Kenley Jansen entered and struck out Brandon Phillips to end the eighth before stranding the tying run on second in the ninth to nail down his 15th save of the season.
Ryu (5-2) struck out seven without issuing a walk to pick up the win for the Dodgers, who have won three of their last four games.
Johnny Cueto (4-4) absorbed the hard-luck loss after giving up four runs -- one earned -- on four hits and two walks over 6 1/3 frames.