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Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 6, Padres 3

4/7/2015



LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Opening Day after Jimmy Rollins blasted a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

How it happened: Matt Kemp punished the team that traded him four months earlier. He drove in all of San Diego's runs and spoiled an otherwise strong start by Clayton Kershaw, but the Dodgers rallied off the Padres' bullpen. Rollins fell behind 0-and-2 but fought back to a full count before golfing Shawn Kelley's fastball into the right-field seats.

A misplay by Juan Uribe opened the door for the runs that cost Kershaw a decision. Uribe took his time and played back on a Derek Norris slow roller in the fifth inning. Norris ran hard all the way to first, beating out Uribe's throw for an infield hit. Kemp lined a two-run double into the left-field corner. He had gotten San Diego off to an early lead by fisting an RBI single into center.

What it means: After making even more moves than the Dodgers over the winter, the Padres are hoping they've narrowed the gap in the NL West. For one game anyway, the Dodgers kept that hope from becoming a reality.

Notable: Rookie Joc Pederson walked to spark the winning rally. He also picked up his first major-league extra-base hit, a double, and then stole third base. ... Howie Kendrick also made a good first impression as a Dodger, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a sun-aided triple. ... Yimi Garcia continues to look like a nice young bullpen piece. He pitched a perfect inning, striking out two. ... Adrian Gonzalez had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double and home run. ... Manager Don Mattingly has been coy when asked to name an interim closer in the absence of injured Kenley Jansen, but Chris Hatcher pitched the ninth inning and got the save.

Up next: Zack Greinke opposes right-hander Tyson Ross Tuesday in a game that begins at 7:10 p.m.