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Dodgers blow lead to drop season opener in San Diego

Seth Smith is congratulated by his San Diego teammates after hitting an eighth inning solo home run. The Padres upended the Dodgers at home on Sunday night, 3-1 in the season opener.
Seth Smith is congratulated by his San Diego teammates after hitting an eighth inning solo home run. The Padres upended the Dodgers at home on Sunday night, 3-1 in the season opener.
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The 2014 MLB season is officially underway, and fans got an exciting opener on Sunday night with an NL West matchup. The San Diego Padres picked up the first win of the year, overturning a late Dodger lead to get the 3-1 victory.

Early on, it was the Hyun-Jin Ryu show, as the Dodgers starter puzzled the Padres lineup across seven scoreless innings. In fact, he had only given up two hits on the night and retired the final 16 batters he faced.

Offensively, the Dodgers had the lead for most of the game. A fifth inning single from Carl Crawford finally broke the scoreless ice and put his team up by a run. But that would be all they could push across. In the eighth inning, the wheels completely fell off the train.

After a stunning performance from Ryu, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly turned the reigns over to bearded setup man Brian Wilson. And the first thing he did was serve up a leadoff home run to Seth Smith. Wilson then walked Yasmani Grandal before giving up an RBI single to Chris Denorfia. Grandal and Everth Cabrera crossed the plate to give the Padres what would be the final 3-1 score.

The Padres went through a revolving door of pitchers on Sunday night, as they tried to figure out Ryu. Andrew Cashner worked six innings in the season opener, giving up a run on four hits. He would be long gone before the decision, as the win would go to Dale Thayer for his work in the eighth inning. The loss would be handed to Wilson, who virtually self-destructed in his season debut. He was tagged for three runs (two earned) on two hits and was unable to record an out.

While the rest of the baseball world rolls out the carpet for Monday's official Opening Day, these two teams will take the day off. They will resume on Tuesday at Petco Park, with first pitch set for 6:40 P.M.

Zack Greinke (Dodgers) and Ian Kennedy (Padres) will take the mound on Tuesday night. This should be an interesting matchup, as these are the same two pitchers that were involved in a big brawl last June when Kennedy was with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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