Blue Off Running


Only four games old, the baseball season began well for the Dodgers, who took three of four from San Diego at Petco Park after dropping an 8-4 decision last Sunday afternoon.

The Padres pushed across two runs in the first inning, and tacked on solo runs in the third and fourth.

Matt Kemp’s two-run homer to center field in the sixth cut the lead to 4-2, before Chase Headley’s grand slam in the eighth. Andre Ethier added a two-run clout in the ninth.

Aaron Harang (0-1) toiled for the Padres in 2011, signed with the Dodgers in the off-season and traversed four and one-third innings, allowing seven hits, four runs (three earned) with six strikeouts and five walks.

On Saturday, Dee Gordon’s single in the 11th clinched a 6-5 win after the Padres knotted it with a five-run fifth.

Kemp, last season’s Most Valuable Player runner-up, made it 1-0 with a sacrifice fly in the first, and it swelled to 4-0 in the third on Kemp’s run-scoring single and Ethier’s two-run double.

A.J. Ellis homered in the fourth as the Dodgers led 5-0 before San Diego’s outburst.

Chris Capuano went four and two-third innings, gave up two hits with four runs (earned) and fanned four with five walks.

Closer Javy Guerra struck out one, walked one in an inning and picked up his second save.

Chad Billingsley (1-0) held the Padres to three hits over eight and one-third frames on Friday and finished with 11 strikeouts and one walk as the Dodgers were 6-0 victors.

Ethier had four runs batted in and ripped a two-run double in the first and a two-run triple in the fifth as the Dodgers pulled ahead 6-0.

Kemp (two hits) scored two runs and delivered an RBI, while Juan Rivera (two singles) scored two runs and drove in a run.

Clayton Kershaw, coming off a Cy Young campaign, had a stomach flu on Thursday and lasted three innings as the Dodgers were 5-3 winners.

Kershaw surrendered two hits, no runs, struck out three with one walk and tossed 39 pitches.

Guerra bagged the save after working one inning with one whiff for the Dodgers, who were in front 2-0 after four innings, and 3-0 after five.

Kemp lashed two hits (including a two-run blast) with three RBIs and two runs, Rivera (double and single) scored a run, while Mark Ellis doubled and had an RBI.

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