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Venable's homer, 3-run triple power Pads past Dodgers

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SAN DIEGO -- Petco Park has never looked so good to the San Diego Padres, and not just because the fences are no longer so far away.

Will Venable homered and hit a bases-loaded triple for the Padres, who rebounded from a dreadful six-game trip to win their home opener 9-3 against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday at their reconfigured downtown ballpark.

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"We were all excited to be home and looking forward to playing a good game," Venable said. "We wanted to be aggressive and we made all the plays we were supposed to today and it worked out for us."

Or, as Mark Kotsay put it after a long spring training followed by two games against Texas at San Antonio and then six road games to open the season: "It was starting to get hard to find a pair of clean underwear."

Venable tied his career-high with four RBI. He homered in the first and his two-out triple highlighted a five-run eighth against three Dodgers relievers. The Padres sent 11 batters to the plate that inning, five of whom walked.

Nick Hundley also homered off Josh Beckett for the Padres, who were outhomered 10-1 and outscored 40-14 in going 1-5 in a swing through New York and Colorado.

"We didn't play well on the trip. But our guys have a lot of resolve to play well," manager Bud Black said.

The Padres spent between $2.5 million and $3.5 million to bring in the fences in an attempt to make the spacious downtown park play a little fairer. From the right-field porch to the right-center gap, the fence was moved in from 402 feet to 391 feet and lowered to just under 8 feet, matching the rest of the outfield wall. In left-center, the fence came in from 402 feet to 390 feet. That allowed the visiting team's bullpen to be relocated from right-field foul territory to behind the home bullpen.

Venable's homer in the first landed in the seats behind the Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Deck on top of the new right-field fence. It would have been a homer in the old configuration.

"He threw a nice elevated pitch right down the middle and I put a pretty good swing on it," Venable said.

Black said he thinks Petco will surrender a total of 20 to 30 more homers this year.

Juan Uribe of the Dodgers was the first player to benefit from the closer fences. He hit a two-run shot that landed on top of the new fence in right in the fourth, tying the game at 2. Adrian Gonzalez was aboard on a leadoff single.

"We're going to mark `em. There's the one," Black said of Uribe's shot. "Let's hope we get the majority of them. Will didn't need the new park with his. Will had a good game. That was great swing in the first inning off of Beckett, and a good at-bat against the lefty. Got it in the right part of the park."

Six of the Padres' runs scored with two outs.

"We have to do a better job, myself included, when we get two outs," Beckett said. "The Venable home run, you'd like to have that pitch back, but really the two-out groundball, those are tough to swallow."

After Venable homered, Yonder Alonso doubled to right-center with two outs in the first and scored on rookie Jedd Gyorko's single up the middle.

Hundley homered leading off the fifth off the facade of the balcony on the second level of the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the left-field corner for a 3-2 lead.

The Dodgers tied it in the seventh when Carl Crawford hit a leadoff single against Andrew Cashner, advanced on two groundouts and scored on Adrian Gonzalez's single.

San Diego regained the lead in the bottom half on pinch-hitter Kotsay's RBI double. Cameron Maybin reached on a leadoff infield single and was sacrificed along by Hundley, setting up Kotsay.

Venable was intentionally walked with two outs to get to Carlos Quentin, who was hit above his right wrist by a pitch from Ronald Belisario (0-1).

Quentin, who's been slow to recover after offseason surgery on his right knee, immediately signaled for trainer Todd Hutcheson. After speaking for a few minutes with Hutcheson and Black, Quentin came out. Yonder Alonso flied out to right to end the threat.

Quentin had an X-ray "and it came back looking good," Black said. "It hit him pretty square. I think we were all holding our breath there. A couple of initial tests that Hutch put him through looked pretty good. He kept his strength; no pain."

Luke Gregerson (1-0) got the last out of the seventh, the only batter he faced, for the win.

Beckett allowed three runs and six hits in five innings, struck out four and walked one.

"He's going to be around the plate and give up his share of hits," manager Don Mattingly said. "But he keeps himself in the game."

Padres starter Clayton Richard also went five, allowing two runs and eight hits, with three strikeouts and three walks.

Notes

  • The Dodgers optioned C Tim Federowicz to Triple-A but have yet to make a corresponding move.
  • Black used Eric Stults, who's scheduled to start Wednesday night, to pinch-hit for Richard in the fifth. Stults flied out. Black used Tyson Ross, who's scheduled to start Friday against Colorado, to pinch-run for Quentin in the in the seventh. The moves paid off as Black was able to save Kotsay to pinch-hit in the seventh and Chris Denorfia in the eighth. Denorfia had an RBI single.
  • Padres 3B Chase Headley, who broke his left thumb in a spring game, hit balls off a tee and in soft toss, and took grounders. Black says there's no ETA for the return of Headley, whose breakout season of 2012 included 31 homers, an NL-high 115 RBI, plus his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. Black said Headley probably will go on a rehab assignment before being activated. "It's healing like it's supposed to," Headley said. "It feels good. They said that I can do as much or little as I want without pain."
  • TaylorMade, which erected an 80-foot replica of a driver shaft along the right-field foul pole at in 2011 as part of a three-year sponsorship agreement with the Padres, has updated the graphics to a RocketBallz Stage 2 3-wood.
 
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Will Venable matches a career-high with four RBI as the Padres beat the Dodgers in their home opener. (AP)
Will Venable matches a career-high with four RBI as the Padres beat the Dodgers in their home opener. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

W. Venable
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Los Angeles

J. Uribe
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carl Crawford, LF4120113 .458
Mark Ellis, 2B5010021 .348
Matt Kemp, CF5010014 .120
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3121101 .435
Juan Uribe, 3B3112102 .111
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Paco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Luis Cruz, 3B0000000 .000
Andre Ethier, RF4020012 .318
A.J. Ellis, C4000011 .200
Justin Sellers, SS2010101 .111
   a- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH-3B1000010 .125
    J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
Josh Beckett, P1000011 .000
   b- Skip Schumaker, PH1000001 .000
    Chris Capuano, P0000000 .000
    Nick Punto, 3B-SS0000100 .600
Totals33310358  
a-struck out for Sellers in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Beckett in the 6th
Batting
2B - Matt Kemp (3, Richard)
HR - Juan Uribe (1, Richard)
SH - Josh Beckett (2)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (6), Juan Uribe 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (3)
PK - Carl Crawford (1, Richard)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
PB - A.J. Ellis (1)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Beckett 5633142 4.91
Chris Capuano 1000010 0.00
Ronald Belisario (L,0-1) 0.2211100 3.00
Paco Rodriguez 0.1022200 7.71
Matt Guerrier 0.2122100 18.00
J.P. Howell 0.1211210 3.00
IBB - Venable by Ronald Belisario
HBP - Quentin (by Ronald Belisario)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 84-52, Chris Capuano 15-8, Ronald Belisario 17-7, Paco Rodriguez 15-5, Matt Guerrier 13-6, J.P. Howell 25-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 2-8, Chris Capuano 1-1, Ronald Belisario 2-0, Matt Guerrier 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 21, Chris Capuano 3, Ronald Belisario 6, Paco Rodriguez 3, Matt Guerrier 4, J.P. Howell 5
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS4110111 .192
Will Venable, RF3224210 .222
Carlos Quentin, LF3000011 .250
    Tyson Ross, PR0000000 .000
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
   a- Jesus Guzman, PH0000100 .286
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
Yonder Alonso, 1B5121003 .231
Jedd Gyorko, 3B3011210 .269
Alexi Amarista, 2B4110113 .136
Cameron Maybin, CF3110012 .100
Nick Hundley, C3211000 .167
Clayton Richard, P1000000 .000
   b- Eric Stults, PH1000000 .000
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   c- Mark Kotsay, PH1011000 .600
    Chris Denorfia, LF1111000 .462
Totals32911976  
a-walked for Thayer in the 8th
b-flied out for Richard in the 5th
c-doubled for Gregerson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Yonder Alonso (1, Beckett), Mark Kotsay (1, Belisario)
3B - Will Venable (1, Howell)
HR - Will Venable (1, Beckett), Nick Hundley (1, Beckett)
SH - Cameron Maybin (1), Nick Hundley (1)
RBI - Will Venable 4 (4), Yonder Alonso (2), Jedd Gyorko (4), Nick Hundley (2), Mark Kotsay (1), Chris Denorfia (2)
2-OUT RBI - Will Venable 3 (3), Yonder Alonso (1), Jedd Gyorko (2), Chris Denorfia (2)
SB - Will Venable (1, 2nd base off Beckett/Ellis)
CS - Everth Cabrera (1, 2nd base by Beckett/Ellis)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Richard-Hundley-Alonso, Cabrera-Amarista-Alonso, Amarista-Cabrera-Alonso
E - Alexi Amarista (1, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Richard 5822331 8.68
Andrew Cashner (H,1) 1.2111110 4.26
Joe Thatcher (BS,1)0100000 18.00
Luke Gregerson (W,1-0) 0.1000000 0.00
Dale Thayer (H,2) 1000020 0.00
Brad Brach 1000120 13.50
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 99-58, Andrew Cashner 24-13, Joe Thatcher 2-1, Luke Gregerson 1-1, Dale Thayer 18-12, Brad Brach 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 7-3, Andrew Cashner 3-0, Luke Gregerson 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 24, Andrew Cashner 6, Joe Thatcher 1, Luke Gregerson 1, Dale Thayer 3, Brad Brach 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44436
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Paul Nauert