PHOENIX -- Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has not lost anything in translation in his arrival from Korea this season, it appears.
Ryu multi-tasked his way to a 7-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, giving up three runs, striking out a career-high nine and getting his first three hits in his third major league start. It was his 100th professional victory, the first 98 coming in Korea.
"He did it in Korea, why couldn't he do it here?" said Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who like Ryu had three hits.
"When guys can keep their composure and keep executing pitches, it doesn't matter where they're pitching. It doesn't matter what kind of hitters they're facing, they're going to get outs."
Ryu, who signed a six-year, $36 million contract over the winter, got his first major league hit when he doubled to the right-field wall in the third inning. His singles in the fifth and sixth innings helped the Dodgers (7-4) score five runs to break a 1-1 tie.
"I'm just happy I was able to help the team win. I was most surprised by my hitting today. Surprise is the key word," Ryu said through an interpreter.
Ryu (2-1) has 20 strikeouts and three walks in 18 2/3 innings this season.
"What I've liked about Hyun-Jin, it's almost like he knows he can pitch and there's a confidence there that you like. That always gets you over a lot of hurdles," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
"I'm sure he has still lots of things to deal with as far as the culture and the language and a lot of things. But the pitching part, he came in with that, and that confidence has been there since day one."
Gonzalez homered in the fourth inning and had a run-scoring single to cap a three-run sixth off Ian Kennedy (2-1) for a 6-1 lead. He was 2 for 16 against Kennedy entering the game.
Matt Kemp had a two-run single in the sixth. Ryu singled with two outs in the sixth, and the Dodgers scored all of their runs after two outs.
"Unacceptable when you are one pitch away," Kennedy said. "You have to make your pitches. I left too much plate to Kemp. Wasn't executing. My fastball command wasn't as good."
Eric Hinske and Eric Chavez had pinch-hit, RBI-singles to make it 6-3 in the seventh inning, when the D-backs (7-4) scored two runs off Ryu and reliever Ronald Belisario. Ryu was lifted after giving up two singles to open the inning.
Martin Prado homered and Aaron Hill drove in a run with a pinch-double to close to 6-5 in the eighth before Ramon Hernandez doubled in a run in the ninth.
Brandon League pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.
"We were unable to put them away when we needed to put them away," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Overall it was a great game. The bench came back. Their guy (Ryu) was pretty good. He threw all his pitches and threw to both sides of the plate. We hadn't seen him, too."
Paul Goldschmidt doubled off the center-field wall and Miguel Montero walked with one out in the D-backs' fourth before Ryu got out of the inning with a fly ball and a strikeout.
Ryu singled in the fifth and was forced out at second before Skip Schumaker doubled in Carl Crawford for a 2-0 lead. After Gonzalez was intentionally walked, Andre Ethier singled in Schumaker to make it 3-0.
Cliff Pennington singled, went to second on a wild pitch, took third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on A.J. Pollock's groundout to break Ryu's shutout in the fifth.
NOTES: Left-hander Chris Capuano will start for the Dodgers on Tuesday against San Diego, manager Don Mattingly said. Capuano, who threw a bullpen session Saturday, will fill Zack Greinke's spot in the rotation. Capuano struck out two in 1 2/3 innings in relief of Greinke (fractured clavicle) was forced out of Thursday's game when he hit by Padres' left field Carlos Quentin. Capuano, on the Dodgers' approach to the final 15 games against the Padres this year: "Winning ball games is the biggest revenge you can get. Especially trying to play the Padres tough and beating them as much as we can is the best thing we can do," he said. ... The D-backs placed outfielder Jason Kubel (left quadriceps) on the disabled list Saturday after an MRI earlier in the day, Kubel first felt the injury when he scored from second base on a passed ball in Milwaukee on April 5 and aggravated it running the bases Friday. ... Outfielder Cody Ross, an offseason free agent acquisition, struck out in his first at-bat with the Dbacks after being activated from the disabled list to take Kubel's place. Ross (left calf) suffered his injury the first week of March. He was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in his first (and only) rehabilitation game at Class AAA Reno on Friday. ... Hernandez doubled in an insurance run in the ninth inning in his first start after being acquired from Colorado on April 6.