Published April 19, 2013
| Sports Network
The Los Angeles Dodgers hope Hyun-Jin Ryu can put the brakes on their four-game losing streak on Friday when they begin a three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
Los Angeles starts this six-game road trip on the heels of being swept by the San Diego Padres following a 7-2 loss on Wednesday. Adrian Gonzalez went 3- for-3 with an RBI and Matt Kemp added a sacrifice fly for the Dodgers, losers in five of their last six.
Clayton Kershaw (2-2) surrendered five runs -- three earned -- on seven hits. He struck out five and walked four.
"Clayton wants to throw zeros every time he goes out there," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "They made him work tonight. We need to get some big hits to score some runs and build our confidence."
Hoping to get them untracked on Friday, the Dodgers will turn to the Korean righty Ryu, who has won his last two starts. Ryu was on the hill the last time Los Angeles won on Saturday in Arizona, as he held the Diamondbacks to three runs and six hits in six innings to run his record to 2-1 to go along with a 2.89 ERA.
"It's improved over the last couple of games," Ryu said of the slider. "I'm utilizing it more, especially against righties. I'm just getting into shape the way I would in Korea. Back to my normal form."
Baltimore, meanwhile, won in dramatic fashion on Thursday, as Matt Wieters hit a grand slam in the 10th inning to give the Orioles a 10-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
"We gave up some runs early and we knew it was going to be a dog fight," said Wieters. "It always is when you play Tampa and you just got keep battling away no matter what the score."
It was also the 17th straight win in extra innings for the Orioles, which includes 16 games from last season. It is the longest such streak since the Pittsburgh Pirates won 21 in a row in extras from June 1959-July 1960.
Steve Pearce and Nolan Reimold each hit a two-run home run while Machado and Chris Davis drove in a run each for the Orioles, who have alternated wins and losses over their past six games.
Miguel Gonzalez pitched 5 2/3 innings in the start, giving up five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits. Troy Patton (1-0) got the win for pitching a scoreless 10th inning.
Getting the call for the O's on Friday will be righty Jason Hammel, who is 2-1 with a 4.34 ERA. Hammel beat the New York Yankees on Saturday, limiting them to three runs (2 earned) and eight hits in six innings.
"I feel great," Hammel said. "I'm doing the same routine and just making sure I stay on top of the smaller things with a little more treatment or icing when necessary."
Hammel has faced the Dodgers 13 times (9 starts) and is 2-5 with a 5.47 ERA against them.
Baltimore hasn't hosted the Dodgers since 2002 when L.A. took two of three. The Dodgers have since swept a three-game set from the O's at Dodger Stadium in 2004.