- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - New addition Jimmy Rollins hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning, rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-3 victory over the re-tooled San Diego Padres in the season opener Monday.

Rollins took a curtain call for his drive off Shawn Kelley (0-1). Rollins and Howie Kendrick joined the team in the offseason to improve the Dodgers’ infield defense, but their offensive prowess delivered the victory.

Kendrick’s RBI double with two outs in the seventh tied it at 3. Rollins went 2 for 4.

Reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw struck out nine, but the team with baseball’s highest payroll of $270 million trailed twice before Kendrick and Rollins baled them out.

Kershaw gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. Joel Peralta (1-0) got the victory and Chris Hatcher earned his first save.

San Diego’s Matt Kemp went 2 for 4 with three RBIs against his former team.

MARINERS 4, ANGELS 1

SEATTLE (AP) - Felix Hernandez struck out 10 and allowed only two hits over seven innings, and Seth Smith had three extra-base hits and two RBIs in his Seattle debut against Los Angeles.

Hernandez (1-0) improved to 6-0 in opening-day starts, only two of them at home. He lifted the Mariners to their ninth straight win on opening day.

Mike Trout homered in the first inning and Erick Aybar singled leading off the fifth. That was all the Angels could do against Hernandez.

Acquired in an offseason trade with San Diego, Smith doubled twice and lined a two-out RBI triple. All three hits came off Jered Weaver (0-1).

Dustin Ackley added a solo home run and Robinson Cano had an RBI single. Carson Smith struck out Trout with two runners on to end the eighth, and Fernando Rodney closed for a save.

RED SOX 8, PHILLIES 0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Boston newcomer Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia each hit two home runs, Clay Buchholz threw three-hit ball over seven innings and the Red Sox beat Philadelphia in an interleague opener.

Buchholz (1-0) gave the Red Sox reason to believe they don’t need to trade for any ace - namely Cole Hamels (0-1). The right-hander struck out nine and pitched like the guy who went 12-1 in 2013.

Ramirez made quite an impression in his first game since the free agent signed an $88 million, four-year contract. He hit a solo homer in the fifth and a grand slam off Jake Diekman in the ninth.

Hamels gave up five hits in five innings, striking out six. He allowed four homers for the second time in his career.

Mookie Betts also homered for Boston.

BLUE JAYS 6, YANKEES 1

NEW YORK (AP) - Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer off Masahiro Tanaka, and Toronto beat New York in Alex Rodriguez’s return to the major leagues.

Without retired Derek Jeter in the lineup, an opening-day crowd at Yankee Stadium reserved its biggest cheers for Rodriguez in his first game back from a year-long drug suspension. Batting seventh, his lowest spot in a regular-season game since 1996, A-Rod singled, walked and lined out.

Drew Hutchison, at 24 the youngest opening-day starter in Blue Jays history, held the Yankees hitless until Brian McCann singled with two outs in the fourth.

Hutchison (1-0) allowed three hits, including Brett Gardner’s homer.

Ex-Yankee Russell Martin hit a two-run single in a five-run third against Tanaka (0-1). Devon Travis homered later for his first career hit.

METS 3, NATIONALS 1

WASHINGTON (AP) - Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his Washington debut but was unable to overcome two costly errors by shortstop Ian Desmond that aided New York.

Bartolo Colon pitched six clean innings for the Mets, giving up only Bryce Harper’s third opening-day homer. Lucas Duda hit a two-run single with two outs in the sixth, putting New York ahead with its first hit of the year.

At 41, Colon (1-0) was the oldest opening-day starter in Mets history - and in the majors since 2006. He struck out eight and allowed only three hits.

Scherzer (0-1), making the first start of his $210 million contract, retired 17 in a row during one stretch and gave up four hits in 7 2-3 innings. All three runs off him were unearned.

Four relievers followed Colon, with 37-year-old Buddy Carlyle getting two outs for his first career save. New York closer Jenrry Mejia was unavailable due to a tight elbow.

TIGERS 4, TWINS 0

DETROIT (AP) - David Price left no doubt about his worthiness as Detroit’s opening day starter, coming within one out of a shutout against Minnesota.

Price (1-0) retired his first 13 batters and allowed five hits before being pulled with two on in the ninth. Joe Nathan struck out Torii Hunter for the save, although Hunter argued to plate umpire Joe West that he checked his swing.

The Twins lost in their first game under new manager Paul Molitor.

J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila homered off Phil Hughes (0-1), and Yoenis Cespedes tripled and scored in his Detroit debut. Cespedes also reached above the wall in left to catch Kurt Suzuki’s drive in the third.

ROCKIES 10, BREWERS 0

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Kyle Kendrick pitched seven sharp innings and also got two hits as Colorado trounced Milwaukee.

Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado each homered and drove in four runs. Troy Tulowitzki doubled twice, singled and scored three times. There were eight extra-base hits in the game, all by the Rockies.

Kendrick (1-0), who left Philadelphia after last season, excelled in his first opening day start. He gave up seven singles, walked none and struck out six.

After former commissioner Bud Selig lobbed in the ceremonial first ball, the Rockies teed off against Kyle Lohse (0-1).

With the Brewers trailing 1-0, slugger Ryan Braun left with a strain on his right side.

ORIOLES 6, RAYS 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Chris Tillman pitched into the seventh inning and Baltimore hit three homers while spoiling Tampa Bay’s debut under rookie manager Kevin Cash.

Tillman (1-0) allowed one run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He was working on a shutout in his second career opening day start before Evan Longoria led off the seventh with a home run.

Alejandro De Aza, Steve Pearce and Ryan Flaherty connected for the defending AL East champions, and Travis Snider had three hits in his Baltimore debut.

Snider also drove in two runs and threw a runner out at the plate from right field.

Chris Archer (0-1) gave up four runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings.

ROYALS 10, WHITE SOX 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Yordano Ventura pitched six solid innings before leaving with a thumb cramp, and Alex Rios hit a three-run homer in his Kansas City debut against Chicago.

Ventura (1-0) was replaced by Kelvin Herrera in the seventh after crumpling to the ground following a strike to Adam LaRoche. Ventura will be evaluated later this week, but Royals trainers said it is not believed to be serious.

Rios, who had three hits, homered in a five-run seventh with Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon aboard. Gordon stroked a two-run single in the inning.

Jose Abreu homered Chicago. Jeff Samardzija (0-1) yielded five runs and six hits in six-plus innings in his White Sox debut.

BRAVES 2, MARLINS 1

MIAMI (AP) - Two Atlanta relievers combined to escape a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the seventh inning, and new closer Jason Grilli pitched a perfect ninth to help the Braves beat Miami.

Little went right for the home team. The sellout crowd’s mood briefly turned sour in the second inning when the game was halted for 16 minutes because of rain - a first at 3-year-old Marlins Park, which has a retractable roof.

The showers were unexpected, and fans booed when play was halted while the roof closed.

Braves newcomer Nick Markakis drove in both of their runs. Julio Teheran (1-0) allowed eight hits but only one run in six-plus innings.

Henderson Alvarez (0-1) gave up two runs in seven innings and scored Miami’s only run.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton went 1 for 4 and made a baserunning mistake. The game was Stanton’s first since his beaning Sept. 11 - and since he signed a record $325 million, 13-year contract.

REDS 5, PIRATES 2

CINCINNATI (AP) - Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to rally Cincinnati past Pittsburgh.

Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto singled before Frazier connected against Tony Watson (0-1), snapping a 2-all tie.

Johnny Cueto, the Reds’ 20-game winner in the final year of a contract, opened his uncertain season with another dominating performance against the Pirates. He fanned 10 batters in seven innings before turning a 2-0 lead over to a bullpen that was a big problem last season.

Andrew McCutchen tied it with a two-run shot off newcomer Kevin Gregg.

Jumbo Diaz (1-0) got the final out in the eighth. Aroldis Chapman fanned two of his three batters for the save.

Jay Bruce hit a solo homer, and Francisco Liriano balked home a run in his first game since Pittsburgh gave him the biggest free-agent contract in franchise history - three years, $39 million. Liriano allowed two hits in seven innings.

ASTROS 2, INDIANS 0

HOUSTON (AP) - Dallas Keuchel and two relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Houston beat Cleveland after being held hitless by AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber for nearly six innings.

George Springer and Jake Marisnick each drove in a run for the Astros. Making his first opening-day start, Keuchel (1-0) allowed three hits in seven innings.

Tony Sipp threw a perfect eighth and new closer Luke Gregerson worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.

Kluber (0-1) didn’t allow a hit until Jose Altuve’s soft single with two outs in the sixth. Altuve stole second and scored on a single by Springer.

Kluber yielded three hits and two runs with seven strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings a day after agreeing to a five-year, $38.5 million contract.

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