Series: Game 2 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 2-0 (as of 9/6)

Game 1: Friday, September 5
LA Dodgers2
Game 2: Saturday, September 6
LA Dodgers5
Game 3: Sunday, September 7
LA Dodgers7

Diamondbacks 2

(59-83, 30-40 away)

Dodgers 5

(80-62, 37-34 home)

    9:10 PM ET, September 6, 2014

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    ARI 000000200 2 9 0
    LAD 20000003 - 5 7 0

    W: B. Wilson (2-3)

    L: D. Hudson (0-1)

    S: K. Jansen (41)

    Diamondbacks-Dodgers Preview


    The Los Angeles Dodgers are trying to create some breathing room atop the NL West, and giving the ball to Hyun-jin Ryu is usually enough to shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Ryu goes for another strong performance against the Diamondbacks as the Dodgers attempt to continue their dominance of the season series Saturday night.

    Los Angeles (79-62) leads the West by two games over second-place San Francisco, an advantage partially built by its mastery of Arizona (59-82). That continued in Friday's series opener, with the Dodgers posting a 2-1 victory for their third straight win over the Diamondbacks and 13th in 17 games this year.

    Ryu (14-6, 3.18 ERA) has won both of his starts against Arizona this year by scattering four hits in 12 scoreless innings while striking out 13. He had eight strikeouts in seven innings of a 6-0 road victory April 11.

    The left-hander was also impressive in his return from a hip injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list. He yielded one run with seven strikeouts in seven innings of Sunday's 7-1 win at San Diego.

    He's 5-1 with a 2.17 ERA in his last seven starts and 9-2 with a 2.44 ERA in 12 starts against division rivals this year.

    "It didn't take long for me to find the rhythm," Ryu said through a translator Sunday. "I knew it was two weeks, but it felt like I was just there a few days ago. Overall I just felt comfortable, and that's why I was able to pitch comfortable."

    Matt Kemp is looking comfortable at the plate, hitting .389 (14 for 36) with four doubles, three homers and nine RBIs in 10 games. He connected for a solo homer for one of his two hits Friday, making him 10 for 22 with three home runs and eight RBIs in his last six meetings with Arizona.

    Kemp, though, isn't taking the Diamondbacks lightly, and is wary of Los Angeles having 17 of its final 21 games against division opponents, including six versus the archrival Giants.

    "Our schedule ain't as easy as it looks," Kemp said. "We need everybody to step their game up here in September. These next couple of weeks are going to be very important for us."

    Arizona has dropped nine of 11 games on the road and Friday's loss clinched its first losing season since 2010.

    Chase Anderson (8-6, 3.75) takes the mound seeking back-to-back wins for the first time since winning his first five starts after being recalled from Double-A Mobile in May.

    That streak, however, ended with a 4-3 defeat at Chavez Ravine on June 13, when the rookie right-hander allowed two runs with four walks in five innings opposite Clayton Kershaw.

    Anderson capitalized on a week layoff Sunday, equaling his season high with eight strikeouts while allowing one run in six innings of a 6-2 win over Colorado. He had a 9.00 ERA while going 0-2 over his three prior outings.

    "He had more life in his arm," manager Kirk Gibson told MLB's official website Sunday. "I think just the extra days helped him and we slowed him down. We just scaled him back and he had more life."

    The Diamondbacks have allowed three runs or fewer in nine straight games, tying the club record set bridging the 2005-06 seasons.

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    Gameday Matchup

     ArizonaLos Angeles
    Current StreakL1W5
    Last 102-88-2

    Pitching Matchup

    ArizonaLos Angeles
    C. Anderson
    9-7, 4.01 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/19 at COL
    5.0 IP, 6 ER
    Dec = Loss
    H. Ryu
    14-7, 3.38 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/12 at SF
    1.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.ArizonaLos Angeles
    1. E. Inciarte, CF D. Gordon, 2B
    2. C. Pennington, SS H. Ramirez, SS
    3. C. Owings, 2B A. Gonzalez, 1B
    4. M. Trumbo, 1B M. Kemp, RF
    5. A. Hill, 3B C. Crawford, LF
    6. C. Ross, RF J. Uribe, 3B
    7. N. Reimold, LF J. Pederson, CF
    8. T. Gosewisch, C A. Ellis, C
    9. C. Anderson, P H. Ryu, P