POPGUN NATS OFFENSE SINKS STEPHEN STRASBURG AGAINST DODGERS

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By Sam Bush

Hyun-Jin Ryu took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and Corey Seager hit a grand slam as Los Angeles blanked the Nationals 6-0.

Gerardo Parra doubled with one out in the eighth for Washington’s only hit.

Ryu (5-1) struck out nine in eight innings and threw a career-high 116 pitches, 79 for strikes. He fired a four-hit shutout in his previous start Tuesday against Atlanta.

It was the second time Ryu carried a no-hitter into the eighth at Dodger Stadium. He held Cincinnati hitless in 2014 until Todd Frazier led off the eighth with a double.

“To watch him work as a technician, it was masterful. He wasn’t stressed at all,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Ryu has tossed 25 straight scoreless innings and is 12-4 with a major league-leading 1.71 ERA since April 10, 2018. Opponents are batting .205 against him during that span.

As stingy as those numbers are, Ryu is even better at Dodger Stadium — going 7-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his last seven home starts.

Seager, who drove in five runs, said he tried not to think about Ryu possibly closing in on a no-hitter, but it started to creep into his mind in the latter innings.

“Regardless, he was really special. Command, speed changes — he mixed it up and those guys were off balance,” Seager said.

Parra, who signed with Washington on Thursday, played Dodgers spoiler again. After hitting a grand slam Saturday night, he broke up Ryu’s no-hit bid a day later. Parra drove Ryu’s 105th pitch deep to left-center, where it bounced on the warning track and over the wall for a ground-rule double that ended up being Washington’s only hit of the day.

Besides that, the lone Nationals baserunner was Brian Dozier, who walked with one out in the fourth. That was Ryu’s first walk at home in 59 1/3 innings.

“He used both sides of the plate and we couldn’t get anything going,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said.

Seager broke the game open in the eighth with his second career slam on a fastball from Kyle Barraclough. Seager also had a sacrifice fly in the second that scored Cody Bellinger with the first run.

Stephen Strasburg (3-3) didn’t allow a hit until Justin Turner singled with one out in the fourth. He scored on Alex Verdugo’s grounder.

The right-hander yielded two runs and four hits in six innings. He struck out seven, marking the eighth time in nine starts this season he has fanned seven or more.

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