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Puig, Ryu rebound for Dodgers

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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.

It may take a talking to or a little clubhouse correction, but then Puig will burst out and all is right once more.

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.

Facing a San Diego team that had a 7-6 record against Los Angeles this year, the Dodgers weren't about to take their opponent lightly and brought out their big bats.

"Our job is to come out and play our game," said Gonzalez, who has hit six of his 19 homers this year against San Diego. "We're gonna play the same way against every single team, not going to change, not going to get up for a team or get down for a team. We've got a veteran clubhouse here."

Yeah, but the kids are alright, too.

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.

"The first two runs, two broken-bat hits, and then the pitcher gets a fastball with a 3-2 count and he barreled up," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "The Gonzo home run was just a bad pitch out over the plate. Four runs into the sixth inning, not great, we want better. But Stults, I thought, threw the ball better than the line."

Los Angeles did not relent, battering Anthony Bass for five hits and five runs -- including two homers -- in 1 2/3 innings. The Dodgers 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.

"He served balls up in the strike zone," Black said. "Anthony will be the first to tell you he made bad pitches. You can't throw up in the zone. All the balls that were hit hard were up in the strike zone, whether they were fastballs or sliders."

Mattingly said, "The ball was carrying decent tonight. Most of the time you're not going to get that carry. Tonight, warm night, the ball is carrying good, and (Gonzalez) crushed that ball to left and obviously the one later to right to keep cushioning things."

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

"He did a nice job of locating his fastball I think all night," Black said. "Early in the game, it was heavy fastball and we started making an adjustment toward the fastball and squared some balls off and he went to some secondary pitches and they were effective. He's a strike thrower, but as the game went on, he was effective throwing his off-speed pitches behind the count."

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.

"It looked like he came out tonight and was not going to let that happen again," Mattingly said. "We saw his velocity way up in the game, he was sharp in the first inning, and it looked like he came out with a little bit of a purpose."

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, 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 Gonzalez added a two-run homer in the third.

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. ... The Dodgers set a team record for wins in a calendar month with 22.
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