The Padres had a chance to take the season-opening series from the rival Dodgers on Wednesday night. Instead, they fell behind early and couldn’t get much of anything going on offense in a 5-1 loss at Petco Park.
Tyson Ross was touched up for three runs in the first for the Padres (1-2), which was all Los Angeles needed as Dan Haren scattered four hits over six innings to pick up the victory in his Dodgers debut.
"His stuff was good, he just really couldn't command his fastball early in the game," Padres manager Bud Black said of his starter.
Ross didn’t help himself out. After a Carl Crawford double, he committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Yasiel Puig. Hanley Ramirez followed that with a two-run double and Adrian Gonzalez added an RBI single to give the Dodgers all the runs they would need.
The Padres’ lone run came in the fourth, when Yonder Alonso drove in Everth Cabrera to start a potential big inning. But Haren put out the fire with strikeouts of Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable.
Cabrera had a pair of hits, including a double in the eighth. But he was stranded and the Padres didn’t threaten again.