Hill starts strong, Puig homers and Dodgers beat Padres 3-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Rich Hill endured a rocky spring, struggling with command and not exactly sailing smoothly into the first season of a $48 million, three-year contract.

He said he wasn't worried. Seems he was right.

Hill pitched five innings of two-hit ball, Yasiel Puig hit his first home run of the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Hill (1-0) struck out five, walked three and allowed Hunter Renfroe's homer in his first start since returning to the Dodgers on a free agent deal. Hill said throughout the spring that despite his struggles, he was confident he'd be on track by the start of the season.

''I only threw 75 pitches and I made one mistake on the home run, but it's early, and I felt good tonight,'' Hill said. ''I made some mechanical adjustments, and I feel good about it.''

Relievers Sergio Romo, Alex Wood and Kenley Jansen shut the Padres down the rest of the way, and Jansen pitched the ninth inning for his first save of the season.

The left-handed Hill was hit by a pitch in his right hand while batting in the second inning. After a short delay, he remained in the game.

''He said he's fine, but we're going to take a few pictures to make sure,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''When we got out to check on him, the first thing he said was that his on-base percentage was 1.000.''

Trevor Cahill (0-1) allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in his first start with San Diego. Cahill was a reliever last season with the world champion Chicago Cubs but signed a one-year deal this winter to start for the Padres. He allowed five hits and three walks and struck out seven.

''I gave up two runs in the first, but after that I settled in and felt good, but unfortunately things didn't go exactly as I wanted them to,'' Cahill said. ''They have a tough lineup and Rich Hill doesn't let you put many up on the board.''

Puig drilled a two-out, 1-2 pitch deep over the left field wall to put Los Angeles ahead 3-1 in the fourth inning. Puig, batting eighth after struggling in 2016, and Justin Turner each had two hits for the Dodgers.

''I'm trying to make better swings,'' Puig said through an interpreter. ''I'm not used to batting that low in the order, but it keeps me in the lineup so I have to do my job.''

In the first inning, Adrian Gonzalez's ground-rule double to left scored Corey Seager. One batter later, Gonzalez scored when first baseman Wil Myers misplayed a throw from third baseman Ryan Schimpf.

Myers had two of the Padres' three hits in the game.

Los Angeles improved to 39-20 against the Padres at Dodger Stadium since the beginning of 2011.

TATIANA-MANIA

Dodgers broadcaster and former pitcher Fernando Valenzuela caught the ceremonial first pitch from his granddaughter, Tatiana.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: RHP Cater Capps, who missed last season following Tommy John surgery, is expected to throw a bullpen session Thursday and a simulated game Saturday at Petco Park before the Giants-Padres game.

Dodgers: Dave Roberts said that outfielder Andre Ethier (on DL with a slight disc herniation in lower back) ''felt normal soreness after running yesterday while continuing his rehab. He's aggressively trying to rehab, but he's still a ways from returning.''

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP and ex-Angel Jered Weaver makes his Padres debut in Thursday's series finale.

Dodgers: RHP Brandon McCarthy goes for LA, completing the four-game homestand.

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  • W: R. Hill (1-0)L: T. Cahill (0-1)S: K. Jansen (1)
  • HR: SD - H. Renfroe (1), LAD - Y. Puig (1)
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Y. Solarte 2B40000003.250.250.500.7500.0
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R. Schimpf 3B40000020.273.250.545.795-1.0
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R. Buchter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Jankowski LF20000111.111.273.111.3840.5
  • a-grounded out for Torres in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Toles LF20000111.286.375.286.6610.5
a- S. Van Slyke PH-LF10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
C. Seager SS41100031.231.231.538.7691.5
J. Turner 3B40200001.462.462.6921.1545.0
A. Gonzalez 1B31110103.375.545.6251.1705.0
L. Forsythe 2B40000033.300.462.300.762-1.5
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Y. Grandal C40000001.167.167.667.8330.0
Y. Puig RF31211000.333.455.7781.2327.0
R. Hill P10000010.000.500.000.5000.5
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K. Jansen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-struck out for Toles in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Romo in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Myers
  • HR - H. Renfroe
  • SH - T. Cahill
  • RBI - H. Renfroe
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Renfroe
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Seager, J. Turner (3), A. Gonzalez (2)
  • HR - Y. Puig
  • RBI - A. Gonzalez, Y. Puig
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Gonzalez, Y. Puig
BASERUNNING
  • CS - W. Myers
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Turner
FIELDING
  • E - W. Myers
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Cahill (L, 0-1)5.25323713.181.413.5
J. Torres1.11000307.710.753.5
M. Diaz0.10000100.000.000.5
R. Buchter0.20000100.000.000.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Cahill (L, 0-1)5.2
J. Torres1.1
M. Diaz0.1
R. Buchter0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Hill (W, 1-0)5.02113511.801.0018.5
S. Romo (H, 1)1.01000000.001.002.0
A. Wood (H, 1)2.00001100.000.505.5
K. Jansen (S, 1)1.00000100.000.0010.5
PITCHERSIP
R. Hill (W, 1-0)5.0
S. Romo (H, 1)1.0
A. Wood (H, 1)2.0
K. Jansen (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Cahill
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cahill 99-62, J. Torres 26-18, M. Diaz 6-4, R. Buchter 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cahill 6-4, J. Torres 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Cahill 26, J. Torres 5, M. Diaz, R. Buchter 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Hill 75-46, S. Romo 11-9, A. Wood 22-16, K. Jansen 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Hill 5-3, S. Romo 1-2, A. Wood 2-3, K. Jansen 2-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Hill 18, S. Romo 4, A. Wood 7, K. Jansen 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Margot CF30000111.273.333.364.6970.5
W. Myers 1B40200012.333.333.417.7501.5
Y. Solarte 2B40000003.250.250.500.7500.0
H. Renfroe RF41111021.167.167.417.5835.0
R. Schimpf 3B40000020.273.250.545.795-1.0
A. Hedges C20000100.000.100.000.1001.0
E. Aybar SS20000101.429.556.7141.2701.0
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J. Torres P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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M. Diaz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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T. Jankowski LF20000111.111.273.111.3840.5
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  • a-grounded out for Torres in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Toles LF20000111.286.375.286.6610.5
a- S. Van Slyke PH-LF10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
C. Seager SS41100031.231.231.538.7691.5
J. Turner 3B40200001.462.462.6921.1545.0
A. Gonzalez 1B31110103.375.545.6251.1705.0
L. Forsythe 2B40000033.300.462.300.762-1.5
J. Pederson CF30000121.167.250.667.9170.0
Y. Grandal C40000001.167.167.667.8330.0
Y. Puig RF31211000.333.455.7781.2327.0
R. Hill P10000010.000.500.000.5000.5
S. Romo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Utley PH10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Wood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Jansen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Toles in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Romo in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Myers
  • HR - H. Renfroe
  • SH - T. Cahill
  • RBI - H. Renfroe
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Renfroe
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Seager, J. Turner (3), A. Gonzalez (2)
  • HR - Y. Puig
  • RBI - A. Gonzalez, Y. Puig
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Gonzalez, Y. Puig
BASERUNNING
  • CS - W. Myers
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Turner
FIELDING
  • E - W. Myers
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Cahill (L, 0-1)5.25323713.181.413.5
J. Torres1.11000307.710.753.5
M. Diaz0.10000100.000.000.5
R. Buchter0.20000100.000.000.5
Total8.06323121---
PITCHERSIP
T. Cahill (L, 0-1)5.2
J. Torres1.1
M. Diaz0.1
R. Buchter0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Hill (W, 1-0)5.02113511.801.0018.5
S. Romo (H, 1)1.01000000.001.002.0
A. Wood (H, 1)2.00001100.000.505.5
K. Jansen (S, 1)1.00000100.000.0010.5
Total9.0311471---
PITCHERSIP
R. Hill (W, 1-0)5.0
S. Romo (H, 1)1.0
A. Wood (H, 1)2.0
K. Jansen (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Cahill
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cahill 99-62, J. Torres 26-18, M. Diaz 6-4, R. Buchter 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cahill 6-4, J. Torres 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Cahill 26, J. Torres 5, M. Diaz, R. Buchter 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Hill 75-46, S. Romo 11-9, A. Wood 22-16, K. Jansen 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Hill 5-3, S. Romo 1-2, A. Wood 2-3, K. Jansen 2-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Hill 18, S. Romo 4, A. Wood 7, K. Jansen 3
  • 4TH INNING
    Puig homered to left13
    Renfroe homered to left center12
  • 1ST INNING
    Forsythe safe at first on 1st baseman Myers fielding error, Gonzalez scored02
    Gonzalez doubled to left, Seager scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kenley Jansen relieved Alex Wood
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Foul, Renfroe struck out swinging
    • R. Schimpf: Schimpf grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Luis Sardinas hit for Jose Torres
    • L. Sardinas: Sardinas grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Jankowski: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jankowski walked
    • M. Margot: Margot popped out to shortstop
    • W. Myers: Ball, Myers flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Miguel Diaz pitching
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
    • Ryan Buchter relieved Miguel Diaz
    • J. Pederson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pederson struck out looking
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Grandal popped out to catcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Alex Wood pitching
    • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Schimpf struck out looking
    • A. Hedges: Foul, Strike swinging, Hedges grounded out to second
    • E. Aybar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Aybar lined out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Scott Van Slyke in left
    • S. Van Slyke: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Van Slyke struck out swinging
    • C. Seager: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Turner doubled to shallow right
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Turner stole third, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Sergio Romo relieved Rich Hill
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Margot lined out to left
    • W. Myers: Myers doubled to deep left
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Solarte flied out to deep center, Myers to third
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Renfroe grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Cahill Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pederson grounded out to pitcher
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Grandal grounded out to second
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Puig reached on an infield single
    • Chase Utley hit for Sergio Romo
    • Jose Torres relieved Trevor Cahill
    • C. Utley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Utley struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • A. Hedges: Foul, Ball, Foul, Hedges grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Aybar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Aybar walked
    • T. Cahill: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Cahill sacrificed to first, Aybar to second
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jankowski flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Cahill Pitching:
    • A. Toles: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Toles walked
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Turner singled to left, Toles to second
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez flied out to deep right, Toles to third
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Forsythe struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • W. Myers: Myers singled to center
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Solarte flied out to center
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Myers picked off at second, pitcher to first to second, Renfroe homered to left center
    • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Schimpf struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Cahill Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pederson walked
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Grandal grounded into double play third to shortstop to third to first, Pederson out at second
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Puig homered to left
    • R. Hill: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hill struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • T. Cahill: Cahill grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jankowski struck out looking
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Cahill Pitching:
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Turner lined out to left
    • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Renfroe struck out looking
    • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Strike looking, Schimpf popped out to catcher
    • A. Hedges: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hedges walked
    • E. Aybar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Aybar grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Hedges out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Cahill Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Grandal flied out to right
    • Y. Puig: Puig grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Hill: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hill hit by pitch
    • A. Toles: Toles grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Margot walked
    • W. Myers: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
    • Y. Solarte: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Solarte grounded into double play third to second to third to first, Margot out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Cahill Pitching:
    • A. Toles: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Toles struck out swinging
    • C. Seager: Seager doubled to left
    • J. Turner: Foul, Ball, Turner popped out to second
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez doubled to left, Seager scored
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Forsythe safe at first on 1st baseman Myers fielding error, Gonzalez scored
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)