Ryu came off the DL to pitch four-hit ball over seven innings, and Matt Kemp singled in the go-ahead run to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 7-1 Sunday and avoid a three-game sweep.
Ryu (14-6) struck out seven and walked none while allowing one run in his first start since a loss at Atlanta on Aug. 13, when he hurt his right hip. Ryu improved to 4-0 lifetime against the Padres.
''It didn't take long for me to find the rhythm,'' Ryu said through a translator. ''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.''
Ryu allowed a double to Yangervis Solarte leading off the first and then Yasmani Grandal's two-out RBI double to tie the game.
But then the left-hander settled down and retired his next 14 batters. The Padres got only two more baserunners against Ryu, both on singles, and one was erased during a double play.
''I thought he was good,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ''First guy gets on, then it seems like he got a quick gear. By the sixth he looked a little bit tired, and in the seventh we let him know that was pretty much it. He seemed to know it.''
Padres manager Bud Black said Ryu's four-pitch mix was impressive.
''This guy is a good pitcher. The Dodgers just didn't go get him from Korea for nothing and give him a lot of money. He is talented,'' Black said. ''It's a fastball that has velocity and darting action. He has a hard slider in the high 80s (mph) that he commands and he has a good hook, a 12-to-6 hook that he can land for a strike, and a good change.
''He is truly a complete pitcher.''
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