- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The way Zack Greinke started out, it didn’t appear his season debut would be a long one. The San Diego Padres grinded out one at-bat after another in the first inning and made him throw 26 pitches.

Greinke minimized the damage after giving up a two-out single by ex-teammate Matt Kemp and a triple by Justin Upton on a sinking liner that got past a sliding Carl Crawford in left field. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner got through six innings and retired 16 of his final 18 batters, but the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen allowed six runs over the final three innings in a rain-delayed 7-3 loss Tuesday night.

“I wanted to go deeper into the game, but after the first two innings I didn’t even know if I was going to get to five,” Greinke said. “I got a little better after that. It was just good command, mainly. I didn’t throw many curves, but my other three pitches were working good. I located good and mixed it up.”

Adrian Gonzalez homered for the second time in two days, but four-time Gold Glove shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ second fielding error of the game proved costly during the Padres’ seventh.

With two outs and runners at first and second, Rollins retreated into short left-center on a popup by pinch-hitter Yangervis Solarte and misplayed the ball, allowing Yonder Alonso to score from second and tie the score at 2.

Rollins, whose tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning Monday helped the Dodgers win their season opener 6-3, also booted a routine grounder in the third. In the bottom half, Rollins was thrown out trying to stretch a double to right-center.

It took nine pitches by Padres starter Tyson Ross for the Dodgers to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead in the sixth. Yasiel Puig led off with a double and scored on a double by Gonzalez before Howie Kendrick singled on the next pitch to drive him in.

But Derek Norris led off the eighth with a single against Yimi Garcia and scored on a single by Alonso against J.P. Howell - his third hit of the game - to give San Diego a 3-2 lead. Wil Myers’ first hit with the Padres, a tiebreaking single, keyed a four-run ninth for San Diego.

Clint Barmes, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh, led off against Chris Hatcher (0-1) with his second single. Barmes went to third when catcher Yasmani Grandal overran a sacrifice bunt to the right of the plate by pinch-hitter Cory Spangenberg that had a lot of backspin on it, and hit him in the back with his throw to first.

Myers grounded the next pitch to right field to put San Diego ahead. Norris followed with a two-run double, and Will Middlebrooks capped the rally with an RBI single.

“It was actually a good game until the last couple innings. A little sloppy, but we’re going to be fine,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “There was a little rain, but I think guys for the most part would say the field didn’t have a lot to do with it. There’s plays we had chances to make and didn’t.”

Joaquin Benoit (1-0) got the victory after giving up the tying run on Gonzalez’s eighth-inning homer. The right-hander was slated to be the Padres’ closer until he was bumped to a setup role with the acquisition of four-time All-Star Craig Kimbrel in a trade with Atlanta on Sunday.

Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth on 16 pitches in his Padres debut.

“The jersey might have changed, but the object and the goal I have on the field is still the same,” Kimbrel said. “It was good to get that first one out of the way.”

DRY TOWN

The rain delay was rare at Chavez Ravine. The most recent Dodger Stadium rainout was April 17, 2000, when the Houston Astros were in town. There have been 17 of them since the ballpark opened in 1962, and the Padres were the visiting team most often - six times.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Injured closer Kenley Jansen played catch in the outfield before batting practice, but is not expected back until mid-May at the earliest while recovering from surgery on his left foot.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Andrew Cashner, the team’s opening-day starter last season, pitches Wednesday night in the series finale.

Dodgers: RHP Brandon McCarthy, beginning his 10th big league campaign, gave up a career-worst 25 home runs last season with the Diamondbacks and Yankees.

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