Kershaw keys Dodgers' 15--0 romp
SAN DIEGO — Dave Roberts took a moment to soak up the atmosphere before his first game as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then it was time to play ball.
The Dodgers did that quite well Monday, getting a brilliant seven innings from Clayton Kershaw in a record-setting 15-0 victory against the San Diego Padres.
When it was over, reliever Yimi Garcia handed Roberts the game ball and Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez led a celebratory water and Gatorade bath.
It was the most lopsided opening day shutout in major league history. The previous mark was a 14-0 win by the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cincinnati Reds in 1911, according to STATS.
"It was a good day," Roberts said. "There were a lot of good things that happened. Obviously it starts with Kersh and the tone that he sets, him going out there and getting after guys. When you've got No. 1s going against each other, you don't expect to get that many hits and score that many runs."
Kershaw (1-0) allowed Jon Jay's single to left field with two outs in the third and then retired his last 13 batters. The lefty struck out nine and walked one as he improved to 4-0 in six opening day starts.
Adrian Gonzalez had three of Los Angeles' 17 hits and three RBIs, and A.J. Ellis also drove in three runs. Chase Utley had three hits and two RBIs.
ROCKIES 10, DIAMONDBACKS 5: At Phoenix, Trevor Story became the first player to hit two home runs in his major league debut on opening day, and Colorado spoiled Zack Greinke's Arizona debut. Greinke (0-1), who signed a six-year, $206.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks, had his worst outing in nearly four years, giving up seven runs, six in one inning.
NATIONALS 4, BRAVES 3, 10 INN.: At Atlanta, Daniel Murphy was a huge hit in his Washington debut with a home run and a go-ahead double in the 10th inning, and the Nationals rallied past Atlanta in their season opener. NL MVP Bryce Harper homered in his first plate appearance, and the Nats made a winner of new manager Dusty Baker.
GIANTS 12, BREWERS 3: At Milwaukee, Denard Span homered and drove in five runs in his San Francisco debut, and the Giants beat Milwaukee in their opener despite a sluggish start from under-the-weather ace Madison Bumgarner. Span hit a three-run shot in the eighth inning and Joe Panik and Buster Posey followed with home runs off Ariel Pena. Bumgarner (1-0) left after the fifth with a four-run lead.
RANGERS 3, MARINERS 2: At Arlington, Texas, Cole Hamels handed Seattle ace Felix Hernandez his first opening day loss, and Texas managed to win with just one hit. Prince Fielder blooped an RBI single off Hernandez during a three-run fifth inning that included three walks and two errors. Seattle had a chance to join the Boston Beaneaters (1887-96) as the only major league clubs to win 10 straight openers.
ORIOLES 3, TWINS 2: At Baltimore, Matt Wieters singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, and Baltimore withstood two long rain delays in a season-opening victory over Minnesota. A game that was scheduled to start at 3:05 p.m. finally ended at 8:44, even though the playing time was only 2 hours, 48 minutes.
REDS 6, PHILLIES 2: At Cincinnati, Zack Cozart had three hits and drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, and Joey Votto followed with a bases-loaded single that sent Cincinnati over Philadelphia in an opener matching the majors' two worst teams from last season. The Reds scored five times in the eighth against Philadelphia's work-in-progress bullpen.
BLUE JAYS 5, RAYS 3: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Josh Donaldson, Michael Saunders and Josh Thole homered to help R.A. Dickey and Toronto beat Tampa Bay. All three home runs were hit off Drew Smyly (0-1). Dickey (1-0) gave up three runs in five-plus innings. Roberto Osuna worked a perfect ninth for his second save.
WHITE SOX 4, A'S 3: At Oakland, Calif., Chris Sale struck out eight in a solid season debut to build off his franchise strikeout record (274) last year for Chicago. Adam Eaton hit an RBI triple and Jimmy Rollins drove in a run during a four-run third inning in his first game with the White Sox playing back home in the East Bay.
CUBS 9, ANGELS 0: At Anaheim, Calif., Jake Arrieta yielded two hits over seven dominant innings and Miguel Montero homered and drove in three runs as Chicago opened a season of high expectations. Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler drove in early runs and Villanova product Matt Szczur added a three-run double in the ninth for the Cubs.