SAN DIEGO - Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu came off the disabled list to hold the San Diego Padres to one run on four hits over seven innings, and the Dodgers broke open a one-run game with four runs in the top of the eighth Sunday to defeat the Padres 7-1 at Petco Park.
The Dodgers had lost the first two games of the series on walk-off, extra-inning hits.
Ryu (14-6), who had been sidelined since Aug. 14 with a right hip strain, needed only 84 pitches to navigate his seven innings. He struck out seven and didn't issue a walk. Ryu retired 14 straight Padres from the last out in the first to one out in the top of the sixth and faced only three hitters over the minimum.
The Dodgers were nursing a 2-1 lead when their first seven batters in the eighth reached base.
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez opened the rally against Padres right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer with the third of his four singles. Center fielder Matt Kemp, who had an RBI single in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie, doubled Gonzalez to third.
Left-handed Padres reliever Alex Torres walked pinch-hitter Carl Crawford to load the bases before giving up a run-scoring single to third baseman Juan Uribe. Kemp scored to make it 4-1 on a wild pitch by right-handed reliever Jesse Hahn. After catcher A.J. Ellis walked to load the bases, second baseman Darwin Barney hit a two-run single.
Uribe, who, like Ryu, came off the disabled list Sunday, doubled home the Dodgers' final run in the top of the ninth.
Padres left-handed starter Eric Stults (6-15) slipped into a tie for the major league lead in losses despite allowing only two runs on five hits in six innings. But the fifth Dodger he walked led to his defeat.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez opened the Dodgers fifth by drawing a walk from Stults and moved to second when Gonzalez flared a single to left that fell between Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista and left fielder Abraham Almonte.
Ramirez scored from second on Kemp's line-drive single to right-center.
The Dodgers scored a gift run in the first.
Center fielder Yasiel Puig opened the game with a high fly to short right that rookie right fielder Rymer Liriano lost in the sun for a double. Puig advanced to third on a passed ball as Stults struck out Ramirez and Gonzalez. Left fielder Scott Van Slyke finally got Puig home on a broken-bat single.
The Padres tied the game in the bottom of the first.
Third baseman Yangervis Solarte greeted Ryu with a double into the left-field corner. He was sacrificed to third by Almonte's bunt and was still at third when second baseman Jedd Gyorko struck out. Catcher Yasmani Grandal scored Solarte with a double down the line in right.
NOTES: The Dodgers activated LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu and 3B Juan Uribe (right hamstring strain) from the disabled list Sunday morning and optioned RHP Carlos Frias and INF Miguel Rojas to Triple-A Albuquerque. ... Padres RHP Joaquin Benoit is again shut down with pain in his right shoulder, although an MRI taken Saturday disclosed no problems. The closer has worked in only two of the Padres last 14 games. ... The Padres set a franchise record and tied a major league record Saturday night with their third, extra-inning, walk-off win in as many games.