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Saturday, April 9, 2011
Tony Gwynn Jr. lifts Dodgers to opening victory in San Diego


Tony Gwynn Jr. didn't make his first appearance as a Dodger in the city that made his dad famous until the bottom of the ninth, but he was central to the Dodgers' 11-inning 4-2 victory, completed almost exactly 24 hours after the first pitch.

After singling but being stranded in the 10th inning, Gwynn had the game-winning RBI on a single with two out in the top of the 11th, driving in Juan Uribe.

The Dodgers added an insurance run, and then Jonathan Broxton used a double-play grounder to help him get through a one-hit, one-walk save.

Blake Hawksworth retired six of seven batters he faced in the ninth and 10th innings to get the win.

Los Angeles triumphed despite San Diego stealing six bases in six tries.

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Rafael Furcal is nursing a sore wrist, writes Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com. He's expected to play Sunday, but Furcal injuries bring out the cynic in me.