"Every day we go out there, we feel like we have a good chance to win," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday afternoon.
Now, does that mean the Dodgers are finally going to get on the hot streak they think should be coming? We'll see about that, but at least with Wednesday night's 4-3 win over the New York Mets, they've assured themselves of a series win, only their second in the last six series they've played.
Ryu pitched six strong innings in his first start since April 27, and the Dodgers supported him with three solo home runs, as they beat the Mets for the second straight night.
How it happened: Ryu pitched well in his return from the disabled list, with the only blemish a two-run homer by Eric Campbell in the sixth inning. Ryu gave up nine hits but walked only one and struck out nine.
Ryu handed a 3-2 lead to the bullpen, which for the second straight night was up to the task of preserving it. Brandon League gave up two hits but no runs in the seventh, Brian Wilson gave up one hit but no runs in the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen gave up a run in the ninth but finished off the Mets for his 13th save in 15 chances.
Hits: Gonzalez is hot again, with home runs in each of the past three games. He has had three of these streaks this season, with a four-gamer and a three-gamer in April. Puig's homer means he has reached base in a career-best 22 straight games, the longest streak by a Dodger this season.
Misses: The Dodgers didn't mess up with the bases loaded, in part because they never had the bases loaded. But they did have a bad fifth inning, when Matt Kemp led off with a double and he never advanced beyond second base. Carl Crawford and Justin Turner grounded out to the left side of the infield, and after A.J. Ellis was walked intentionally, Ryu lined out. And when Chone Figgins led off the eighth with a double, the Dodgers scored only because the Mets couldn't turn what should have been an inning-ending double play.
Stat of the game: Before giving up Campbell's first major league home run in the sixth inning Wednesday, Ryu had pitched 31 road innings this season without giving up a run. Only one pitcher in the past 50 years had opened a season with more scoreless innings on the road, according to the Elias Sports Bureau research: Roger Clemens, who began 2005 with 35 scoreless innings on the road for the Houston Astros.
Puigism of the day: Puig playfully said teammate Juan Uribe was at fault for Puig forgetting the number of outs in Tuesday's game. He said Uribe jinxed him by telling coach Lorenzo Bundy that Puig had gone 10 days since doing anything wrong. Puig also said this (with Bundy interpreting), about whether he worries that players on other teams won't like the way he plays: "I try to play the game hard. I try to play the game happy. This is a game of entertainment. I try to have fun. I don't really worry about the opinions of other teams."
Up next: Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.03), tied for the major-league lead in wins, will be on the mound for the Dodgers in Thursday's 4:10 p.m. PT series finale. Left-hander Jonathon Niese (2-3, 2.54) starts for the Mets.