- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Orlando Hudson hit for the cycle, Andre Ethier drove in four runs with a pair of homers and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Randy Johnson and the San Francisco Giants 11-1 to win their home opener on Monday.

Johnson lost at Dodger Stadium for the first time in his 22-year career, falling to 7-1 in just his second start in Los Angeles since 2004. He was denied his 296th career victory, although the 45-year-old left-hander earned his 4,800th strikeout in the third inning against James Loney.

Hudson completed the majors’ first cycle this season with a sixth-inning triple off Brandon Medders. He slid into base ahead of a throw by right fielder Randy Winn, got up and pointed to the sky.

Hudson singled in the first, homered in the third and doubled in the fourth _ all off Johnson _ and became the first Dodger since Wes Parker on May 7, 1970, and the ninth in franchise history to complete the cycle.

Hudson is the first Dodger to do it at Dodger Stadium; Parker accomplished the feat at New York’s Shea Stadium.

Chad Billingsley (2-0) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. The right-hander struck out 11 and walked none in the first home-opener start of his career.

Johnson (0-2) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings, struck out five and walked three.

Hudson’s second homer of the season gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Giants tied it on Travis Ishikawa’s RBI single in the fourth.

Both of Ethier’s homers came on the first pitch. His first came off Johnson and gave the Dodgers the lead for good at 2-1. Rafael Furcal added a two-run single with two outs.

Hudson’s RBI double made it 5-1. Johnson then intentionally walked Manny Ramirez and loaded the bases with another walk to Loney before he was pulled.

Russell Martin followed with a two-run single off Merkin Valdez, extending the Dodgers’ lead to 7-1.

They added a run in the sixth on Loney’s RBI single, and tacked on three more in the eighth on Ethier’s second homer.

The Dodgers were introduced numerically instead of by the starting lineup, so Ramirez, who wears No. 99, could trot out last from the left-field pavilion. The crowd of 57,099 _ the largest in stadium history _ saved its loudest cheers for the slugger, who can opt out of the two-year deal he signed in March at season’s end.

Ramirez nearly homered in his first at-bat, sending Johnson’s first pitch deep to right field before Winn snared it at the wall.

Notes:@ Vin Scully threw out the ceremonial first pitch to manager Joe Torre. Scully is beginning his 60th season as the voice of the Dodgers. “In all these years, I have needed you a lot more than you’ve needed me, and now it’s time for Dodger baseball!” he told cheering fans from a podium on the field. … The Dodgers improved to 27-25 in home openers since moving to Los Angeles, and 3-5 in their last eight openers at home, with the other wins also against the Giants.

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