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Richard goes 8 innings, Padres beat Dodgers 4-0

06 April 2017

It was the Dodgers' first game that counted since they were thoroughly dispatched by the Chicago Cubs in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series in October.

Although Urias won't start the season with the Dodgers, his youth and experience in the minor leagues will benefit him once he solidifies his place in the Dodgers' starting rotation.

The Padres took a 2-0 lead in the first, mustering a walk, three singles and a sacrifice fly.

The Dodgers didn't waste any time showing off their offensive depth on opening day, with every slot in the lineup accounting for a hit and a run.

With his seventh consecutive opening day start (Don Sutton) and fifth opening day victory (Don Drysdale), Kershaw tied franchise records. "It's a fun team, we like to have fun, but at the same time we also know we're here for a reason and we've got a great chance to win this thing". Los Angeles grounded into a total of four double plays in the game, and at one point four in six innings. "I was actually mad after I got cut". He pitched in 25 games before the Cubs released him on August 3 and signed as a free agent three days later with San Diego, where he compiled a 3-3 mark with a 2.41 ERA in nine starts.

"Clayton's goal is to put the ball on the ground and he's a high percentage sinker", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. In his last outing against the Padres, Maeda allowed three runs and three hits in four innings in a 7-1 loss by the Dodgers on September 27.

Wil Myers had an RBI single with two outs in the eighth.

"He didn't really command the off-speed stuff, which is kind of his bread and butter", Green said.

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OUR PICK: The over is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in Richard's last five starts against the Dodgers.

Grandal followed Pederson's slam in the third inning with a solo homer into the same lower right-field seats.

Keep an eye on left fielder Andrew Toles who is entering his second season with the Dodgers.

Cleveland withstood a two-homer night from Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor. "It's just one game". "At the same time, it is a big-league game and you don't want to give away hits, you don't want to give away outs".

NOTES: Joc Pederson's grand slam was the first by a Dodger since Eric Karros hit one on April 3, 2000, in Montreal. Clayton Richard got them even on the season with a stellar performance on Tuesday, hurling eight innings of shutout ball in a 4-0 win.

"One through nine - with Kersh hitting too - everyone raked today", said Pederson, whose five RBI were the most by a Dodger on opening day since Raul Mondesi drove in six against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 5, 1999.

The Dodgers ran completely over the Padres in Game 1 of this series.

Richard goes 8 innings, Padres beat Dodgers 4-0