Highly touted rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu has provided some consistent efforts in his first three starts with the Los Angeles Dodgers . They could use another such performance Saturday when he faces the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a split doubleheader at Camden Yards.
The scheduled series opener Friday was postponed by rain, forcing the teams to play a doubleheader in Los Angeles' only visit to Baltimore this season.
Ryu will try to earn a third consecutive win while helping the Dodgers avoid a fifth straight defeat.
The Dodgers paid $25.7 million just to negotiate a six-year, $36 million deal with Ryu, a star left-hander in Korea, and so far, it's been money well spent.
Ryu (2-1, 2.89 ERA) has pitched at least six innings and allowed three or fewer runs in each of his three starts. He recorded nine strikeouts and helped himself with three hits in his latest outing, a 7-5 victory at Arizona last Saturday."Puts guys on the same time," manager Don Mattingly said of the rainout. "Gives Ryu an extra day, so he will be on regular rest."
The Dodgers (7-8), though, haven't won since that contest, getting outscored 23-7 during a four-game skid. They had 10 hits in the series finale against San Diego on Wednesday but went 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position and lost 7-2.
Los Angeles is batting .171 in those situations this year.
"We have to move forward," said Mattingly, who played under Baltimore manger Buck Showalter during his career with the New York Yankees . "We're 7-8, and that's not good enough. But also it's not like we're throwing up the white flag yet. We talk about what's acceptable and what's not acceptable and how do we turn it around.
"We're not going to sit and feel sorry for ourselves."
The Dodgers have also traditionally had lackluster performances in interleague play, going 115-139, but they'll get to face a team that's fared even more poorly. Baltimore's 126-157 mark is the worst in the AL, and the Orioles (8-7) enter this series having alternated losses and wins in their last six games.
Baltimore, though, produced a resilient 10-6 victory in 10 innings over Tampa Bay on Thursday. The Orioles rallied from an early three-run hole and erased two other one-run deficits before blowing a one-run lead in the eighth.
Matt Wieters ' grand slam gave Baltimore its 17th consecutive extra-inning win, the longest such streak since Pittsburgh's 21 straight from June 1959-July 1960.
Showalter said getting ready for the Dodgers and interleague play was quite a change after facing AL East foes Boston, the Yankees and Tampa Bay in succession."It's a real challenge for your time," he said. "We were here until well after midnight (Thursday) and today spent the whole day trying to gather the information our players need to know. It was one of those days where you close your door from noon to 3 trying to get everything done."
Jason Hammel (2-1, 4.34) will oppose Ryu, looking to lead the Orioles to back-to-back wins for the third time this season. The right-hander will also attempt to win consecutive starts for the first time since June.
Hammel gave up three runs over six innings of a 5-2 win over the Yankees on Saturday, but he's 2-4 with a 5.63 ERA in nine career starts against the Dodgers and 0-3 with a 10.66 ERA in the last three.
Josh Beckett (0-2, 3.26 ERA) is scheduled to start the nightcap for the Dodgers. The veteran right-hander is no stranger to the Orioles, having gone 7-7 with a 4.36 ERA in 20 starts against them.
He hasn't enjoyed any success in recent meetings, losing four straight outings while compiling a 6.75 ERA and giving up six home runs.
Beckett had by far his best performance of the season Sunday at Arizona, allowing one run and six hits over 8 1-3 innings of a 1-0 loss. He walked one and struck out nine in his longest start since a shutout for Boston on June 15, 2011, against Tampa Bay.
Wei-Yin Chen (0-2, 4.00) aims to end a long winless streak for Baltimore. The left-hander turned in his second consecutive quality start in a 3-0 loss at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, getting little or no offensive help from his teammates again.
Chen is 0-6 with a 4.37 ERA in 10 starts since his last win Aug. 19 against Detroit, receiving 15 runs of support in those games.
The Dodgers have won five straight over the Orioles, with the latest series taking place June 15-17, 2004.
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BALTIMORE (AP) -- Nolan Reimold played in only 16 games last season, so he can be forgiven for needing a little time to get back in the swing of things with the Baltimore Orioles .
On Saturday, Reimold showed just how good he can be when healthy and playing at his best.
Reimold homered and hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning as the Orioles rallied to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 in the first game of a split-doubleheader.
Surgery on a herniated disc put an abrupt end to Reimold's 2012 season, and he understandably got off to a drab start this year. But he's hit home runs in two straight games, and the left fielder doubled his RBI total with three on Saturday.
"He gave us a big lift today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
With the score tied at 5 in the eighth, Chris Davis hit a one-out double off Paco Rodriguez (0-1) and Ronald Belisario walked J.J. Hardy on four pitches. After a passed ball and an intentional walk loaded the bases, Reimold sliced an opposite-field liner down the right field line.
"I challenge anybody to stand up there and try to hit that ball down the right field corner," Showalter said.
Reimold said: "It feels good. It's been a slow start to the year. I had nowhere to go but up, so it's good to put together a big win and feel like I contributed to it."
Playing in Baltimore for the first time since 2002, the Dodgers took a 4-0 lead in the second inning. But South Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu couldn't hold the advantage, and Los Angeles ended up absorbing its fifth straight loss.
Darren O'Day (2-0) got two outs in the eighth and Jim Johnson worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
Hardy homered and drove in three runs for the Orioles, and Davis had three hits and scored three runs.
"That was a really good game for us," Showalter said.
Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer for the Dodgers, whose five-game skid is their longest since a seven-game run last June.
The game was a makeup of Friday night's rainout. This is the Dodgers' only visit to Baltimore this season.
Ryu gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six.
"I can't really make any excuses. I wish the outcome was better," he said through a translator. "But I'll come back and do better next time. I'll just consider it a big learning experience."
Orioles starter Jason Hammel also went six innings, allowing four runs and seven hits.
Baltimore went ahead 5-4 with a two-run sixth. Matt Wieters singled and Davis doubled before Hardy hit a sacrifice fly and Steve Pearce followed with an RBI single.
Los Angeles used a walk, a single by Matt Kemp and a wild pitch to pull even in the seventh against Pedro Strop , whose ERA ballooned to 11.81.
After Mark Ellis and Kemp singled with one out in the first inning, Hammel retired cleanup hitter Adrian Gonzalez on a fly to left. As soon as Ethier connected with the next pitch, there was no doubt where it was headed. The drive was the 67th in the history of Camden Yards to land on Eutaw Street beyond the right field wall.
The homer doubled Ethier's RBI total for the season and upped his career batting average against Hammel to .375 (9 for 24).
A sacrifice fly by Ellis made it 4-0 in the second.
Coming into the game, left-handers were 0 for 13 against Ryu. But the first two lefties he faced got singles - Nick Markakis in the first inning and Davis in the second ahead of Hardy's homer to left.
Reimold's homer made it 4-3 in the fourth. Los Angeles loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth before Hammel struck out former Oriole Ramon Hernandez .
NOTES: Orioles manager Buck Showalter would have preferred to play Friday night, but a relentless rain prevented it from happening. "We wanted to play. Doubleheaders are not good anytime, especially when you're playing 20 days in a row," Showalter said ... Los Angeles fell to 5-2 against Baltimore in interleague play and 17-50 in AL ballparks since 2005. ... Gonzalez, who came in 7 for 14 with runners in scoring position, went 0 for 2 in that situation and stranded four. ... Markakis has at least one hit in 14 of his 16 games.