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March 31, 2014

Smith, Denorfia lift Padres to 3-1 win over LA

San Diego wins North American opener

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SAN DIEGO —

Dale Thayer (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win.
Smith was acquired to provide a left-handed bat off the bench. He went deep on a cutter.
“You get in the box and it’s an at-bat,” he said. “As a professional ballplayer you hope that you can kind of flush the fact that it’s your first at-bat with your team or it’s in a big spot or whatever, and just do what you’ve been practicing for the last six weeks.”
Wilson said it was tough to deal with because Ryu “pitched such a marvelous game. It’s a hard one to swallow.”
He said he threw a pitch “that was a little bit uncharacteristic of me. Right then and there, the tire deflated.”
The defending NL West champion Dodgers had started the regular season with a two-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney. 
Ryu got the start after reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw was scratched due to a swollen back muscle and then placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career.
In a scheduling quirk, the left-hander started consecutive regular-season games. He made his season debut a week earlier, when the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks in their second game in Australia.
Ryu retired 16 in a row from the second inning until one out in the seventh. He then walked rookie Tommy Medica, who was then erased in a 3-6-3 double play.
Ryu allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked three.
The Dodgers grabbed the lead on a nice piece of hitting by Carl Crawford with two out in the fifth.
Crawford went the other way with an 0-2 pitch from Andrew Cashner, hitting it over third baseman Chase Headley to bring in Dee Gordon from second. Gordon had reached on a walk and advanced when Cashner fielded Ryu’s bunt and forced A.J. Ellis at third.

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