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SAN DIEGO -- Heath Bell blew 'em away as he rang in the post-Trevor Hoffman era in San Diego.

Bell, who took over as closer after Hoffman's awkward offseason departure, struck out the side in the ninth inning to save the Padres' 4-2 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

It was the first save opportunity this season for Bell, promoted to closer after Hoffman, baseball's career saves leader, signed with Milwaukee. It was also the first victory for San Diego since former agent Jeff Moorad and his ownership group took control of 35 percent of the team.

After a decade of watching Hoffman jog in to AC/DC's "Hells Bells," Padres fans got their first taste of Bell jogging to the mound in a heavy mist, accompanied by "Blow Me Away" by Breaking Benjamin, from the soundtrack to the video game Halo 2.

"It felt like I was running on air when I jogged in because the crowd went nuts," Bell said. "That's probably what Hoffy felt like all the time. I didn't think they were going to be that loud for me when I was just jogging out, so that was pretty cool to have the fans all behind me."

Bell struck out Matt Kemp, walked Casey Blake, then struck out pinch-hitter Doug Mientkiewicz and Rafael Furcal.

After nailing down his third career save, Bell got an emphatic high-five from catcher Nick Hundley and the two chest-bumped.

"I felt really good. I just kept telling myself, 'Stay back, keep the ball down because it's raining, the wind's starting to howl right now,' " Bell said. "What are the odds for me to replace an icon and the weather is not so nice? I just wanted to go down there and make pitches and get everybody out."

Bell finished a combined five-hitter, with three relievers pitching three hitless innings to preserve the victory for Chris Young (1-0).

The Padres pulled their $4 million contract offer to Hoffman in November and he signed a $6 million deal with Milwaukee.

Hoffman has 554 saves, all but two of them with the Padres.

"That means 11 straight years of 50 saves and I'll be one behind him," Bell quipped.

Young said Bell looked sharp and aggressive.

"It was great to see Heath. I'm happy for him. We have complete confidence in him," Young said. "It's a little different than it's been in the past, obviously, for San Diego fans, but Belly's a great teammate and he's going to get it done."

It was a big night overall for San Diego's bullpen, which was one of the team's biggest question marks coming out of spring training.

Edwin Moreno, making his big league debut, escaped a jam in the seventh by getting Manny Ramirez to pop up to first base, ending the inning with two runners on.

After going hitless on opening day, Ramirez doubled and scored Los Angeles' first run. He finished 1-for-4. He stranded two runners in scoring position.

"We had opportunities," manager Joe Torre said. "We had Manny up there with first and second. I'll take my chances with that, even once a game."

Chase Headley hit a two-run double in the sixth and the Padres beat former teammate Randy Wolf.

"It was a good all-around win for the organization," Moorad said. "I think the club showed some resilience and tenacity tonight."

After wasting chances for big innings earlier Tuesday night and on Monday in a 4-1 loss, the Padres broke through with a three-run sixth to take a 4-2 lead.

Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff singled to open the inning and scored when Headley hit a grounder just inside third base that rolled into the left-field corner. Headley tagged up and went to third when second baseman Orlando Hudson tracked down Scott Hairston's foul pop down the right-field line. After Hundley walked, Headley scored on Luis Rodriguez's sacrifice fly.

Ramirez doubled to right-center off Young leading off the fourth and scored on Russell Martin's double to left-center with one out. Martin scored on Blake's sacrifice fly.

Young held Los Angeles to two runs and five hits in six innings, struck out five and walked two.

Moreno replaced him in the seventh and promptly walked Blake. Pinch-hitter Blake DeWitt grounded out before Furcal walked. Moreno struck out Hudson and got Ramirez to pop up to end the threat.

San Diego took a 1-0 lead in the second when Kouzmanoff hit a leadoff triple that bounced off right fielder Andre Ethier's glove as he tried to make a leaping catch against the wall. Kouzmanoff scored on Hairston's one-out double.

Wolf (0-1) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked three.

"All game I was falling behind in the count," Wolf said. "I have to make better pitches, especially in situations with runners on."

Notes

The Padres are expected to name Tom Garfinkel their new president and chief operating officer on Wednesday. He resigned Saturday as the Arizona Diamondbacks' executive vice president and COO. ... Padres RHP Walter Silva is scheduled to make his big league debut on Wednesday night against the Dodgers.

 
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San Diego

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
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M. Kemp
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4000131 .222
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000112 .143
Manny Ramirez, LF4110013 .143
Andre Ethier, RF4000002 .250
Russell Martin, C4111000 .143
James Loney, 1B3010100 .571
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
Matt Kemp, CF4020010 .429
Casey Blake, 3B1001212 .000
Randy Wolf, P2000012 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   a- Blake DeWitt, PH1000001 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B1000011 .000
Totals3125259  
a-fouled out for Mota in the 7th
Batting
2B - Manny Ramirez (1, C. Young), Russell Martin (1, C. Young)
SF - Casey Blake (1)
RBI - Russell Martin (1), Casey Blake (1)
SB - Orlando Hudson (2, 2nd base off C. Young/Hundley)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Loney-Blake
Los Angeles Dodgers
Randy Wolf (L,0-1) 5.1644330 6.75
Guillermo Mota 0.2000100 0.00
Will Ohman 1000000 0.00
Ronald Belisario 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 87-53, Guillermo Mota 12-6, Will Ohman 15-9, Ronald Belisario 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 4-8, Ronald Belisario 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 24, Guillermo Mota 3, Will Ohman 3, Ronald Belisario 3
San Diego Padres
David Eckstein, 2B4000001 .167
Brian Giles, RF3000110 .143
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3110110 .200
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4220013 .250
Chase Headley, LF4112014 .250
Scott Hairston, CF3011001 .333
    Edwin Moreno, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
   a- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Nick Hundley, C1000200 .000
Luis Rodriguez, SS2001002 .167
Chris Young, P2010000 .500
   b- Jody Gerut, PH-CF1000001 .200
Totals2846444  
a-flied out for Sanchez in the 8th
b-flied out for C. Young in the 6th
Batting
2B - Chase Headley (2, Wolf), Scott Hairston (1, Wolf)
3B - Kevin Kouzmanoff (1, Wolf)
SF - Luis Rodriguez (1)
RBI - Chase Headley 2 (2), Scott Hairston (1), Luis Rodriguez (1)
Team LOB - 5
San Diego Padres
Chris Young (W,1-0) 6522250 3.00
Edwin Moreno (H,1) 1000210 0.00
Duaner Sanchez (H,1) 1000000 0.00
Heath Bell (S,1) 1000130 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 97-66, Edwin Moreno 27-10, Duaner Sanchez 13-8, Heath Bell 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 4-9
Batters Faced - Chris Young 25, Edwin Moreno 5, Duaner Sanchez 3, Heath Bell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20035
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Tim McClelland