LOS ANGELES — Now the Dodgers can spot the opposition 10 days without the National League All-Star Starter and not miss a beat.
Hyun-Jin Ryu returned from the injured list and picked up right where he left off Sunday, pitching seven shutout innings in the Dodgers’ 9-3 dismissal of the Arizona Diamondbacks enjoyed by a Dodger Stadium matinee crowd of 44,619.
The Dodgers hit four homers, two of them by Justin Turner, to finish their 10-game homestand 8-2.
Cody Bellinger blasted his 38th of the season, one shy of his career-high 39 in 2017.
Rookie catcher Will Smith went deep for the seventh time, and drove in three runs.
Ryu (12-2) lowered Major League Baseball’s best ERA to 1.45.
In Dodgers history, only Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw have ever posted lower ERA’s.
“It is unbelievable to me, too,” the 32-year-old Korean right-hander said through an interpreter afterward. “A lot of people have helped to put up that amazing number, not just me.”
Shelved for the past 10 days by soreness in his neck, Ryu showed some first-inning rust by plunking leadoff batter Tim Locastro.
Arizona only got one runner as far as third base in Ryu’s seven innings.
“He was impressive,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He didn’t skip a beat. He had the feel for his cutter, and after his changeup and curveball were so effective, it led to a lot of soft contact.”
That wasn’t the story for Diamondbacks starter Mike Leake.
Leake, who gave up eight runs in his last Southern California start without getting out of the first inning in Anaheim, was touched for a two-run shot by Turner and Bellinger’s 38th in back-to-back at-bats in Sunday’s first frame.
Turner slammed a two-run shot in the third inning, his 19th of the season. Turner hit 10 homers in the entire first half; he now has nine since the all-star break.
Following Ryu’s exit, Eduardo Escobar homered off Yimi Garcia in the eighth, and Nick Ahmed added a two-run parting shot off J.T. Chargois in the ninth.
Diamondbacks: Merrill Kelly (7-12, 4.52 ERA) takes the mound at Coors Field when Arizona begins a series against the Colorado Rockies and Peter Lambert (2-3, 6.87 ERA).
Dodgers: After a travel day, Clayton Kershaw (11-2, 2.77 ERA) looks for a win in his fourth consecutive start in a series opener against the Miami Marlins and Jordan Yamamoto (4-3, 4.17 ERA).