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LOS ANGELES -- Every time the Los Angeles Dodgers are forced to discipline Yasiel Puig, he reminds them why it's so darn hard to sit him in the first place.

Puig had four hits, fellow Los Angeles rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu bounced back from two poor outings and Adrian Gonzalez hit two home runs in a 9-2 win over San Diego on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

After being removed from the Dodgers' win over Chicago on Wednesday for undisclosed reasons, Puig met with manager Don Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti. Mattingly revealed little about the meeting or the reason for the decision, but by Friday he said the incident was behind them.

That was clear from Puig's first at-bat.

Puig had four hits, two stolen bases, a double and an RBI as he became just the third major leaguer with 33 or more multi-hit games in his first 77 games, joining Joe DiMaggio and Ichiro Suzuki.

The Dodgers saddled the slumping Eric Stults with four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings and then battered Anthony Bass for five hits and five runs -- including two homers -- in 1 2/3 innings.

Los Angeles toyed with Bass in the seventh inning as Puig opened with a single and then stole second, followed by a Carl Crawford walk. Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run double and Gonzalez and A.J. Ellis blasted back-to-back home runs.

By then, Ryu was already in control, allowing eight hits and one run while striking out five in 6 1/3 innings.

Ryu bounced back from two subpar starts -- and a really bad beginning in a 4-2 loss to Boston last Saturday -- to perplex the Padres early.

The Padres struck first but had just five hits in six innings and Los Angeles responded again, and again and again.

Logan Forsythe doubled home Jesus Guzman in the top of the second inning, but Ryu boosted his cause in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double, scoring Mark Ellis. Puig followed with an RBI single, scoring Ryu from second, and Adrian Gonzalez added a two-run homer in the third inning.

NOTES: The Dodgers signed RHP Edinson Volquez just a few days after the San Diego Padres released him. He was designated for assignment on Sunday after going 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA in 27 starts despite being the Padres' Opening Day starter for the second straight year. ... To make room for Volquez, Los Angeles optioned rookie relief pitcher Chris Withrow to Triple-A Albuquerque. Withrow should be back with the team when rosters expand. ... San Diego OF Cameron Maybin (knee) got a second opinion from Cincinnati team doctor Timothy Kremcheck. Maybin tore his PCL but is not likely to need surgery and could be back for winter ball. ... Dodgers CF Matt Kemp (ankle) was 0-for-5 on Thursday in his first rehab stint and started 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Friday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

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