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Ryu flirts with perfect game

AP

Dodgers starter Ryu Hyun-jin retired his first 21 batters before Todd Frazier’s leadoff double in the eighth inning, and Los Angeles held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Monday.

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. Josh Beckett won 6-0 on Sunday.

“Of course it was in the back of my mind,” Ryu said through a translator. “It wasn’t until the seventh that I thought it could happen.”

Ryu (5-2) was charged with three runs and three hits in 7⅓ innings, improving to 6-0 in six starts against the Reds. He struck out seven and walked none.

Cubs 8, Giants 4

In San Francisco, Jeff Samardzija struck out a season-high 10 for his first win since last August, snapping a 16-start winless streak for Chicago.

Pirates 5, Mets 3

In New York, Gaby Sanchez tagged the Mets again, hitting a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and a pinch-hit homer in the eighth.

Marlins 3, Nationals 2

In Washington, Giancarlo Stanton hit his NL-leading 15th home run and also doubled and singled for Miami.

Phillies 9, Rockies 0

In Philadelphia, Ryan Howard had five RBIs to power the Phillies past Colorado.

Diamondbacks 7, Padres 5

In Phoenix, A.J. Pollock hit a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw with two outs in the ninth inning.

INTERLEAGUE

Red Sox 8, Braves 6

In Atlanta, David Ortiz homered and drove in four runs as Boston ended its 10-game losing streak, rallying from a five-run deficit to defeat the Braves.

Closer Koji Uehara, the Red Sox’s seventh pitcher, worked a scoreless ninth for his 10th save.

Yankees 6, Cardinals 4 (12)

In St. Louis, Brian Roberts hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run 12th after Brett Gardner’s leaping catch at the left-field fence kept New York alive in the 11th in a win over the Cards.

The Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki was 0-for-3, but walked twice and scored two runs.

Orioles 7, Brewers 6 (10)

In Milwaukee, Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs and Nick Hundley singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Blue Jays 10, Rays 5

In Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion hit his 13th home run in May and Dioner Navarro and Steve Tolleson added back-to-back shots as the Blue Jays won their seventh straight game.

Athletics 10, Tigers 0

In Oakland, Kyle Blanks homered in his home debut at the Coliseum and Derek Norris capped the hosts’ five-homer day with a grand slam.

Astros 9, Royals 2

In Kansas City, George Springer homered in his fourth straight game and went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and scored five runs.

Mariners 5, Angels 1

In Seattle, Chris Young pitched shutout ball until Albert Pujols homered in the seventh to lead the Mariners.

White Sox 6, Indians 2

In Chicago, Conor Gillaspie hit three doubles and Dayan Viciedo had a three-run homer for the White Sox.

Rangers 7, Twins 2

In Minneapolis, Nick Tepesch won his second consecutive start and Elvis Andrus and Chris Gimenez each had two RBIs for Texas.