Hyun-Jin Ryu may not have Harvey's household name, but he's been just as good at shutting down opposing lineups lately.
Los Angeles seeks its first seven-game winning streak in more than three years and an eighth victory in its last nine meetings with the visiting Mets on Tuesday night.
Harvey (9-3, 2.09 ERA) tossed a gem Wednesday, pitching a four-hitter in a 5-0 win over Colorado. It also marked his first complete game in 33 career starts.
"My mindset's never going to be not to throw a complete game," Harvey said. "That's always my approach. That's always going to be my approach."
Manager Terry Collins wasn't about to remove Harvey, who hasn't allowed an earned run in three of his last four starts while going 2-1 with a 0.91 ERA in that stretch.
"You don't have many opportunities to pitch shutouts. He needs to know how to do it," Collins said. "To have that beast that wants to go out there for the ninth, especially with a five- or six-run lead? Very unique, and it's good to have him."
The right-hander's four-start winning streak to begin the season came to an end against the Dodgers, though, as he gave up three runs in six innings before the Mets rallied for a 7-3, 10-inning victory April 24.
New York didn't fare as well against Ryu the next day, as he allowed one run and three hits while striking out eight in seven innings of the Dodgers' 3-2 win.
Ryu (11-3, 2.99) has won his last four starts and has a 1.40 ERA over the last three after giving up an unearned run in seven innings of Thursday's 5-1 win at St. Louis. The Dodgers (68-50) have won his last eight starts since he fell 6-4 to the New York Yankees on June 19.
The rookie left-hander, who pitched for seven years in Korea before making his major league debut, is tied for the team lead in wins with Clayton Kershaw and has helped Los Angeles' rotation post a 3.22 ERA that's the best in the majors."This guy knows how to pitch so well," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "He pitches to the scoreboard as well as anyone I've caught. He knew he had a great lineup that we had to face, and from the get-go, he was really locked in."
The NL West leaders have been locked in for quite a while now, winning 21 of their last 24. The Dodgers also are in the midst of their best 46-game stretch (38-8) since 1900.
Adrian Gonzalez drove in a run for the seventh straight game, Yasiel Puig knocked him in with a go-ahead sacrifice fly in a three-run sixth and Nick Punto hit a solo homer in the seventh of Monday's 4-2 win over the Mets."It's a special group. Hopefully, special things can happen," Punto said. "We have a lot of talent on this team and things are clicking."
The Mets have a 4.99 ERA while dropping seven of eight to the Dodgers, who had lost six of eight home meetings to New York prior to Monday.
Los Angeles hasn't won seven straight since a nine-game run in May 2010. This is its seventh six-game streak since then.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As torrid as the Los Angeles Dodgers have been, Hyun-Jin Ryu is on an impressive roll, too.
The rookie left-hander extended his career-high winning streak to six games with seven innings of one-run ball as the Dodgers beat Matt Harvey and the New York Mets 4-2 on Tuesday night for their first seven-game winning streak in more than three years.
"You've got to play a perfect game to beat them right now, and we're not doing that," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
The Dodgers improved to 39-8 since June 22, becoming the first NL team with such a run since the New York Giants from Aug. 12-Oct. 3, 1951. Their winning streak is the franchise's longest since taking nine straight from May 9-18, 2010.
"The Dodgers are having a lot of fun right now," Los Angeles shortstop Nick Punto said.
Ryu (12-3) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked one.
The left-hander is 6-0 with a 3.12 ERA in his last seven starts since July 5. The Dodgers have won each of Ryu's last nine starts.
"He was matching their guy pitch for pitch," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "You could tell before the game he had an edge to him. He used all his pitches."
The Dodgers' starters improved to 13-1 with a 1.72 ERA in their last 18 games since July 26.
"Ryu is the game plan when you got a guy like Harvey out there," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Hyun-Jin was obviously up to the challenge. I was looking to see how he was going to respond to this little matchup. In the games they've made a big deal of he's responded really well."
Harvey (9-4) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out three and walked two. The right-hander was coming off his first career shutout, pitching a four-hitter in a 5-0 win over Colorado on Aug. 7. He hadn't allowed an earned run in three of his previous four starts while going 2-1 with a 0.91 ERA in that stretch.
"I was pretty inconsistent all night. I just couldn't locate anything," Harvey said. "When I tried to go in, it was over the middle. When I tried to go away, I was yanking it a bit. And when you're not hitting your spots and making quality pitches against a team like that, they're going to put the ball in play."
Kenley Jansen allowed a run in the ninth, but earned his 19th save in 22 chances.
Punto's RBI double scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth off Harvey (9-4). His hit in the left field corner scored Ellis, who walked, and Juan Uribe , who singled, making it 2-1.
The Dodgers extended their lead to 4-1 in the sixth on Ellis' two-out RBI single to left that scored Mark Ellis and Yasiel Puig , who both singled.
"When our pitchers are keeping us in games like this it just takes a timely hit," Punto said.
Juan Lagares homered in the first for the Mets. John Buck 's RBI single with two outs in the ninth accounted for their other run.
The Mets have lost eight of nine to the Dodgers.
Notes: With the win, the Dodgers clinched the series and improved to 12-0-4 in their last 16 series. ... Mets 3B Wilmer Flores was out of the lineup with a stiff right ankle that he tweaked while running to third base on Monday night. ... Dodgers OF Andre Ethier was scratched with left calf tightness. ... Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez ' team-best streak of recording an RBI in seven straight games ended after he was hitless in four at-bats.