By: BETH HARRIS
LOS ANGELES (AP) Rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu outdueled Matt Harvey, and Nick Punto and A.J. Ellis drove in two runs apiece, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 4-2 on Tuesday night for their first seven-game winning streak in more than three years.
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.
Ryu (12-3) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, struck out three and walked one.
The left-hander is unbeaten in seven starts since July 5, going 6-0 during his career-high winning streak. Ryu improved to 6-1 at Dodger Stadium, where he has won his last six decisions.
Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth to earn 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 A.J. Ellis, who walked, and Juan Uribe, who singled, making it 2-1.
Harvey 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.
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.
Juan Lagares scored the Mets’ first run with a homer in the first. John Buck’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth accounted for the other.
The Mets have lost eight of nine to the Dodgers.
Notes: 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.