Tyson Ross took the mound for the Padres and gave up a leadoff double to Carl Crawford to begin the game. Yasiel Puig followed up with a sacrifice bunt that resulted in runners on first and third after a throwing error from Tyson. Hanley Ramirez came up big with a two-run double, and Adrian Gonzalez drove Ramirez home giving the Dodgers the 3-0 lead to start the game. Dan Haren looked solid in his first regular season inning easily retiring the top of the Padres’ order.
Ross struggled a bit through the second as he loaded the bases with three walks, but he forced Ramirez into a double play to end the top of the inning. Haren logged two strikeouts in another efficient inning and gave up no runs through two innings. Heading into the third, the Padres starter looked a little more comfortable allowing just one hit to Andre Ethier in a scoreless inning, and Haren remained strong with another quick 1-2-3 inning.
In the fourth, Ross had a quick inning logging his fifth and sixth strikeouts of the game. Haren saw his hardest inning of work in the fourth. After giving up his first hit of the game to Everth Cabrera, Seth Smith got on base after a questionable catchers’ interference call on A.J. Ellis. With one out, Yonder Alonso hit a line drive to center field to put the Padres on the board for the first time of the game making the score 3-1. With runners on second and third, Haren was able to close the inning out by striking out Will Venable.
Ross walked Ramirez in the fifth, and the shortstop stole second. After reaching third on a Gonzalez ground ball, Ramirez reached home off a single from Andre Ethier extending their lead to 4-1. On the opposite end, Haren allowed a double to Nick Hundley but struck out the next two batters to close the inning. To start the sixth, Tim Stauffer replaced Ross. Will Venable made a great grab on the warning track to rob Ellis of a hit, and Stauffer struck out Dee Gordon for his first strikeout of the game. Haren allowed just one hit in his sixth and final inning of work to finish his first outing of the season with six strikeouts and four hits.
In the seventh, Stauffer struck out Crawford and Ramirez in a quick 1-2-3 inning. Paco Rodriguez came in for Haren and got the lefty Venable, before the coaches called in Jamey Wright who settled the rest of the inning, allowing a hit to Hundley and striking out Tommy Medica. Heading into the eighth, Robbie Erin took over for Tim Stauffer getting Gonzalez and Ethier out quickly. Donn Roach was then brought in for relief. Roach gave up singles to both Uribe and Ellis, and with two outs, Gordon doubled to drive Uribe home and heightened the Dodgers lead 5-1.
J.P. Howell entered the game for Wright in the eighth, and Cabrera luckily got the lead off double considering he would have been out at second if Hanley didn’t bobble the good relay from Puig to Gordon. Howell continued with a strike out to Chase Headley as he finished his inning of work. In the ninth, Roach quickly retired three consecutive batters in his final inning. Chris Perez was called from the bullpen to close the game and got the three quick outs to get the save in the Dodgers 5-1 win over the Padres.
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