If superstardom is an invitation-only club, Hyun-Jin Ryu is in.

The Dodgers' rookie left-hander is already famous in his native Korea. The presence of more than a dozen Korean-language reporters after each of his games confirms as much. Ryu took a big step toward international transcendence Tuesday by tossing a two-hit shutout - his first complete game since arriving in the United States - in a 3-0 win over the Angels at Dodger Stadium.

"He's a superstar," declared Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, sealing the invitation with authority. "He kept some great hitters off balance tonight. He's doing a great job."

Reactionary? Perhaps.

But consider that Ryu struck out seven and did not walk a batter while needing 112 pitches to complete the task. He retired 19 straight batters at one point, Howie Kendrick's single to left field in the second inning and Chris Iannetta's double to right field in the eighth serving as the bookends.

The Angels, a team that had averaged more than seven runs a game in winning eight straight coming into the series, looked befuddled before an announced crowd of 46,443.

"We couldn't make him uncomfortable out there," Angels first baseman Albert Pujols said. "He was cruising all night long and threw a complete game. We had a good game plan, he was just locating his ball pretty well."

Ryu, 26, appears to be getting more comfortable with each start. He stretched himself out to 7 1/3 innings five days earlier in Milwaukee. Since losing in San Francisco May 5, Ryu is 3-0 with a 1.61 earned-run average in four starts, putting him in the thick of the National League Rookie of the Year conversation and assuming the staff lead in wins (6-2).

His changeup in the 74-80 mph range was typically deceptive, responsible for three of the strikeouts. More impressive was a fastball that ranged between 88 and 95 mph, catcher A.J. Ellis said.

"From the very first inning, (Ryu) established his fastball away against a lineup stacked with powerful right-handed hitters," Ellis said. "That was a must. That was a key coming into the game. That kind of opened up his off-speed for the rest of the game."

Former Dodger right-hander Joe Blanton (1-8) didn't allow a hit until the third inning, when Ryu himself stroked a double to the right-field fence.

In the fourth inning, the Dodgers got on the board with a two-run home run by Luis Cruz, his first extra-base hit of the season in his 30th game.

Starting at shortstop in place of an injured Nick Punto, Cruz doubled his RBI total for the season and raised his average to .114, .001 off his season high.