San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Will Venable hit a solo home run and three-
run triple as the San Diego Padres took a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles
Dodgers in their home opener.
Nick Hundley hit a solo home run while Yonder Alonso, Jedd Gyorko, Mark Kotsay
and Chris Denorfia all drove in a run for the Padres, who had lost five of six
on the road to start the season.
Clayton Richard pitched five innings in the start and gave up two runs
on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Luke Gregerson (1-0) got
the final out of the seventh inning to get the win.
Juan Uribe hit a two-run home run while Adrian Gonzalez added two hits, an RBI
and a run scored for the Dodgers, who came into this game off a three-game
sweep of the Pirates.
Josh Beckett (0-2) was touched for three runs on six hits over five innings in
the start while Ronald Belisario (0-1) was handed the loss after giving up a
run in the seventh inning.
The Padres struck on their second batter as Venable clubbed a pitch over the
wall in right. Alonso then doubled with two outs and Gyorko plated him with a
single for a 2-0 lead after one inning of play.
Los Angeles, which left a man on third in the second, tied the game in the
fourth as Gonzalez singled to start the frame and Uribe hit a 1-0 pitch just
over the wall in right for his first home run of the season.
Hundley began the fifth with a blast deep over the left field wall for his
first of the season and a 3-2 lead.
The Dodgers answered in the seventh to again tie the game. Carl Crawford led
off with a single and moved to second, then third on consecutive groundouts.
Joe Thatcher then took over on the mound and Gonzalez greeted him with a
single to left for a 3-3 contest.
San Diego, though, got the run back in the bottom of the seventh. With
Belisario on the mound, Cameron Maybin beat out an infield single and moved to
second on a sac bunt from Hundley. Kotsay then dropped a pinch-hit double into
center for a 4-3 lead.
Dale Thayer worked a 1-2-3 eighth, and the Padres put the game away in the
bottom of the eighth.
Denorfia's RBI single plated Alexi Amarista and Everth Cabrera walked to load
the bases. J.P. Howell then took the mound and Venable greeted him with a
triple to center to clear the bases. Alonso later singled in Venable for a 9-3
Los Angeles won 11 of the 18 games against San Diego last season ... San Diego
stranded nine, but hit 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position ... Los
Angeles went just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine on
base ... Chad Billingsley starts for Los Angeles on Wednesday and he will be
opposed by Eric Stults for San Diego.
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