Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 28, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Hyun-jin Ryu pitched the best game of his career on Tuesday with a dominant complete game shutout against the rival Angels.
Ryu was very efficient, accumulating seven strikeouts with no walks. He needed only 113 pitches to finish the game, and threw a mere 34 balls.
For Ryu, this is his 10th start of six or more innings in 11 career outings. His record is now 6-2.
The top of the ninth was about as exciting as a Dodger game has been this season.
The fans were on their feet cheering on Ryu as he approached the mound with Gangnam Style playing over the stadium speakers. He had to face the Angels' Brendan Harris, Erick Aybar and Mike Trout to end the game.
Ryu set them down in order, striking out Harris and inducing easy groundballs from Aybar and Trout.
As Ryu entered the dugout, he received an ovation from the stadium.
The Dodgers offense provided Ryu with three runs of support on the night, but the first two came from a surprising contributor.
In the fifth inning of the scoreless tie, Luis Cruz put the Dodgers on the board with a two-run homer. The hit scored Juan Uribe, and tied Cruz's season total of two RBIs.
Yes, the same Luis Cruz who entered Tuesday's game hitting .105/.138/.105.
In the sixth inning, the slumping Matt Kemp smacked a double. The hit was his first in 13 at-bats and brought cheers from the crowd for the first time this series.
A.J. Ellis scored Kemp with a single to right field, but was gunned down as he tried to stretch it to a double. It was the first time Kemp scored a run since the Dodgers were in Milwaukee.
The 3-0 victory is a satisfying triumph for the Dodgers who will at least split the 4-game freeway series with their rivals. The Angels entered the series on an eight-game winning streak.
The freeway series continues in Anaheim on Wednesday. For the final two games the Dodgers will be throwing Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly against Jered Weaver and Jason Vargas.