Yasiel Puig homers twice, Dodgers overpower Padres 10-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) Yasiel Puig is trying to improve his punctuality, and a noon start Thursday made for an unusually early morning.

This year, though, Puig is having little trouble getting going early.

Puig hit two home runs, drove in four runs and stole a base to help the Los Angeles Dodgers rout the San Diego Padres 10-2.

The Cuban outfielder has appeared on his best behavior so far this season, and he's also been producing big time for Los Angeles. He's batting .417 with three homers through four games.

''You have to behave yourself and get here early and prepare,'' Puig said through an interpreter. ''That's how things are going the right way.''

Puig was 2 for 3 and had two walks. He hit a two-run homer to left off the first pitch from Jered Weaver (0-1) in the second inning. The 26-year-old homered off Weaver again in his next at-bat in the fourth, belting another two-run shot to left to give the Dodgers a four-run lead.

''The thing with Yasiel is, early on in his career, the league didn't know how to approach him,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''He was hitting a lot of balls out over, and the league was learning from him, and the last couple of years, you see the league has adjusted. He's had to make those adjustments as well. Right now, he's being disciplined with his approach and continues to work through mechanics.

''It's more credit now that he's started off this series well in the sense that they're pitching him tough. He's swinging at strikes and taking balls. We look for him to sustain this.''

It was the first multihomer game for Puig since June 4, 2013, his second game in the majors. Four years ago, Puig had an electrifying summer to burst into the majors. He's had plenty of issues, though, including speeding tickets, promptness and immaturity. In 2014, he was benched on opening day for being late.

Puig was relegated to the minor leagues last year, but he has been given another chance. He's making good on that early on.

Asked if he feels like a different person, Puig said: ''Yes. I think I'm a little more mature. I'm continuing to work. I know I'm a little older. I've been getting older as it goes. I need to keep working and preparing so I can keep helping everyone I'm trying to help.''

Brandon McCarthy (1-0), who had Tommy John surgery in 2015 and an ensuing case of the yips last year, faced 17 batters - two over the minimum - through five innings. He allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.

''It's nice to go out and not have things go haywire and not have a mess on your hands,'' McCarthy said.

Weaver pitched in a different uniform for the first time in his career after spending 11 years with the Los Angeles Angels. He allowed four earned runs, five hits and three walks in five innings.

''The walks, in general, is what killed me,'' Weaver said. ''I pride myself on not walking people. Obviously two bad pitches and there you go, four runs.''

The Padres issued 11 walks.

Wil Myers hit a two-run home run off McCarthy in the sixth, but the Padres had just six hits and couldn't get much going offensively.

The Dodgers won their home-opening series, 3-1.

In the seventh inning, two-way player Christian Bethancourt loaded the bases, then walked Andrew Toles to score Puig.

EARLY EXIT

Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson was ejected in the seventh inning after he slammed his bat and helmet after being called out on strikes.

''He's emotional and we love that about him and he cares,'' Roberts said. ''But that's a game you just can't get thrown out of.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: Catcher Hector Sanchez left the game for precautionary reasons with dizziness (concussion-like symptoms) after taking a foul ball off his mask in the seventh inning.

Dodgers: Reliever Pedro Baez (right hand) threw a bullpen session two days ago and came out of that well, but Roberts wasn't yet sure when he would throw again.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo makes his season debut in the home opener at Petco Park against the Giants. Perdomo had a 2.41 ERA in five spring starts. He led all Padres starting pitchers last year in wins (nine) and innings pitched (146 2/3).

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu is back following left shoulder surgery and other injuries that had him make just one start over the last two years. He'll make his season debut in Colorado.

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  • W: B. McCarthy (1-0)L: J. Weaver (0-1)
  • HR: SD - W. Myers (1), LAD - Y. Puig 2 (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Jankowski LF41100002.154.267.154.4212.0
M. Margot CF40000021.200.250.267.517-1.0
W. Myers 1B41121010.313.313.563.8756.5
Y. Solarte 2B30100100.267.313.533.8463.0
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R. Schimpf 3B40000022.200.188.400.588-1.0
H. Renfroe RF40300001.313.313.563.8756.0
H. Sanchez C30000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
L. Torrens C10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
E. Aybar SS30000102.300.462.500.9621.0
J. Weaver P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- A. Cordoba PH10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Jer. Weaver in the 6th
  • b-flied out for Stammen in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Toles LF-CF41010103.182.308.182.4903.0
C. Seager SS30220200.313.389.6251.0149.0
L. Forsythe 3B40000124.214.389.214.6030.0
A. Gonzalez 1B40100102.333.500.5001.0002.0
J. Pederson CF31000125.111.308.444.7522.0
C. Hatcher P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Utley 2B51100003.143.143.143.2862.0
Y. Puig RF33242200.417.5631.2501.81319.0
A. Barnes C32000201.000.333.000.3334.0
B. McCarthy P20100010.500.500.5001.0000.5
a- E. Hernandez PH11110000.333.500.6671.1676.0
L. Avilan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- S. Van Slyke PH-LF01000100.000.250.000.2502.0
  • a-doubled for McCarthy in the 6th
  • b-walked for Avilan in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Solarte, H. Renfroe
  • HR - W. Myers
  • RBI - W. Myers 2 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Myers 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Seager (2), E. Hernandez
  • HR - Y. Puig 2 (3)
  • RBI - A. Toles, C. Seager 2 (5), Y. Puig 4 (5), E. Hernandez
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Puig 2 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - H. Renfroe
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Seager, Y. Puig, E. Hernandez
FIELDING
  • PB - L. Torrens
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Weaver (L, 0-1)5.05443227.201.60-1.0
J. Cosart0.212230027.006.00-6.0
C. Stammen0.11000100.003.00-0.5
B. Hand0.21001200.003.00-1.0
B. Maurer1.00000000.000.003.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Weaver (L, 0-1)5.0
J. Cosart0.2
C. Stammen0.1
B. Hand0.2
B. Maurer1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. McCarthy (W, 1-0)6.04221413.000.8323.0
L. Avilan1.01001100.002.001.5
C. Hatcher2.01000302.250.506.5
PITCHERSIP
B. McCarthy (W, 1-0)6.0
L. Avilan1.0
C. Hatcher2.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Weaver
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Weaver 82-46, J. Cosart 26-11, C. Stammen 10-6, C. Bethancourt 29-10, B. Hand 18-9, B. Maurer 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Weaver 6-7, J. Cosart 2-0, C. Bethancourt 1-0, B. Maurer 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Weaver 24, J. Cosart 6, C. Stammen 2, C. Bethancourt 5, B. Hand 4, B. Maurer 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. McCarthy 78-52, L. Avilan 17-10, C. Hatcher 37-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McCarthy 6-8, L. Avilan 1-1, C. Hatcher 2-1
  • Batters Faced - B. McCarthy 23, L. Avilan 5, C. Hatcher 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Jankowski LF41100002.154.267.154.4212.0
M. Margot CF40000021.200.250.267.517-1.0
W. Myers 1B41121010.313.313.563.8756.5
Y. Solarte 2B30100100.267.313.533.8463.0
B. Maurer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Schimpf 3B40000022.200.188.400.588-1.0
H. Renfroe RF40300001.313.313.563.8756.0
H. Sanchez C30000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
L. Torrens C10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
E. Aybar SS30000102.300.462.500.9621.0
J. Weaver P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Jer. Weaver in the 6th
  • b-flied out for Stammen in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Toles LF-CF41010103.182.308.182.4903.0
C. Seager SS30220200.313.389.6251.0149.0
L. Forsythe 3B40000124.214.389.214.6030.0
A. Gonzalez 1B40100102.333.500.5001.0002.0
J. Pederson CF31000125.111.308.444.7522.0
C. Hatcher P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Utley 2B51100003.143.143.143.2862.0
Y. Puig RF33242200.417.5631.2501.81319.0
A. Barnes C32000201.000.333.000.3334.0
B. McCarthy P20100010.500.500.5001.0000.5
a- E. Hernandez PH11110000.333.500.6671.1676.0
L. Avilan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- S. Van Slyke PH-LF01000100.000.250.000.2502.0
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  • a-doubled for McCarthy in the 6th
  • b-walked for Avilan in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Solarte, H. Renfroe
  • HR - W. Myers
  • RBI - W. Myers 2 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Myers 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Seager (2), E. Hernandez
  • HR - Y. Puig 2 (3)
  • RBI - A. Toles, C. Seager 2 (5), Y. Puig 4 (5), E. Hernandez
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Puig 2 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - H. Renfroe
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Seager, Y. Puig, E. Hernandez
FIELDING
  • PB - L. Torrens
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Weaver (L, 0-1)5.05443227.201.60-1.0
J. Cosart0.212230027.006.00-6.0
C. Stammen0.11000100.003.00-0.5
B. Hand0.21001200.003.00-1.0
B. Maurer1.00000000.000.003.0
Total8.081091152---
PITCHERSIP
J. Weaver (L, 0-1)5.0
J. Cosart0.2
C. Stammen0.1
B. Hand0.2
B. Maurer1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. McCarthy (W, 1-0)6.04221413.000.8323.0
L. Avilan1.01001100.002.001.5
C. Hatcher2.01000302.250.506.5
Total9.0622281---
PITCHERSIP
B. McCarthy (W, 1-0)6.0
L. Avilan1.0
C. Hatcher2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Weaver
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Weaver 82-46, J. Cosart 26-11, C. Stammen 10-6, C. Bethancourt 29-10, B. Hand 18-9, B. Maurer 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Weaver 6-7, J. Cosart 2-0, C. Bethancourt 1-0, B. Maurer 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Weaver 24, J. Cosart 6, C. Stammen 2, C. Bethancourt 5, B. Hand 4, B. Maurer 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. McCarthy 78-52, L. Avilan 17-10, C. Hatcher 37-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McCarthy 6-8, L. Avilan 1-1, C. Hatcher 2-1
  • Batters Faced - B. McCarthy 23, L. Avilan 5, C. Hatcher 7
  • 7TH INNING
    Toles scored, Seager to third on passed ball210
    Seager doubled to left, Barnes and Van Slyke scored, Toles to third29
    Toles walked, Puig scored, Barnes to third, Van Slyke to second27
  • 6TH INNING
    Hernandez stole home Seager to second26
    Hernandez doubled to left center, Barnes scored25
    Myers homered to right center, Jankowski scored24
  • 4TH INNING
    Puig homered to left, Pederson scored04
  • 2ND INNING
    Puig homered to left, Utley scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • C. Hatcher Pitching:
    • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Schimpf struck out looking
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Renfroe doubled to deep left
    • L. Torrens: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Torrens struck out swinging
    • E. Aybar: Strike looking, Foul, Aybar flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Chris Hatcher pitching
    • M. Margot: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Margot grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Maurer pitching
    • Luis Sardinas at second
    • C. Utley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Utley grounded out to pitcher
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Puig grounded out to third
    • A. Barnes: Barnes flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Luis Avilan pitching
    • H. Renfroe: Renfroe singled to right
    • H. Sanchez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Renfroe stole second
    • E. Aybar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Aybar walked
    • Christian Bethancourt hit for Craig Stammen
    • C. Bethancourt: Strike swinging, Ball, Bethancourt flied out to deep right, Renfroe to third
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Jankowski grounded into fielder's choice to first, Renfroe out at home
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bethancourt Pitching:
    • C. Utley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Utley grounded out to third
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Puig walked
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt
    • Barnes walked
    • Scott Van Slyke in left
    • S. Van Slyke: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Van Slyke walked, Puig to third, Barnes to second
    • A. Toles: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Toles walked, Puig scored, Barnes to third, Van Slyke to second
    • Brad Hand relieved Christian Bethancourt
    • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Seager doubled to left, Barnes and Van Slyke scored, Toles to third
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Toles scored, Seager to third on passed ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • A. Cordoba: Strike looking, Cordoba grounded out to third
    • T. Jankowski: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jankowski singled to left
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • W. Myers: Foul, Ball, Foul, Myers homered to right center, Jankowski scored
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Solarte walked
    • R. Schimpf: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Schimpf struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Allen Cordoba hit for Jered Weaver
    • Jarred Cosart pitching
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Puig walked
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Barnes reached on fielder's choice to first, Puig out at second
    • Enrique Hernandez hit for Brandon McCarthy
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez doubled to left center, Barnes scored
    • A. Toles: Foul, Ball, Foul, Toles grounded out to second, Hernandez to third
    • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Seager walked
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez stole home Seager to second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked
    • Craig Stammen relieved Jarred Cosart
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to third, Ball, Gonzalez reached on an infield single, Seager to third, Forsythe to second
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schimpf flied out to deep left
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Renfroe singled to left
    • H. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Sanchez flied out to deep right
    • E. Aybar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Aybar grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Weaver Pitching:
    • C. Seager: Seager singled to right
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Foul, Forsythe grounded out to third, Seager to second
    • A. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher, Seager to third
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pederson hit by pitch
    • C. Utley: Foul, Foul, Ball, Utley grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Margot grounded out to first
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Myers grounded out to third
    • Y. Solarte: Foul, Solarte flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Weaver Pitching:
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pederson walked
    • C. Utley: Strike looking, Utley lined out to right
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Puig homered to left, Pederson scored
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Barnes walked
    • B. McCarthy: McCarthy singled to shallow left, Barnes to third
    • A. Toles: Toles popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • E. Aybar: Aybar grounded out to second
    • J. Weaver: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Weaver struck out swinging
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Jankowski lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Weaver Pitching:
    • A. Toles: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Toles popped out to shortstop
    • C. Seager: Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager grounded out to second
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Forsythe lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte doubled to deep center
    • R. Schimpf: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Schimpf lined out to first
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike looking, Renfroe popped out to second
    • H. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez lined out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Weaver Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson grounded out to third
    • C. Utley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Utley singled to right
    • Y. Puig: Puig homered to left, Utley scored
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Foul, Barnes flied out to right
    • B. McCarthy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCarthy struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Jankowski grounded out to first
    • M. Margot: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Ball, Myers lined out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Weaver Pitching:
    • A. Toles: Ball, Ball, Foul, Toles flied out to center
    • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Seager walked
    • L. Forsythe: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez popped out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)