Jimmy Rollins' three-run homer in eighth lifts Dodgers over Padres 6-3

Howie Kendrick doubles in tying run in seventh and Jimmy Rollins hits winning homer in eighth in season opener

Dodgers 6, San Diego 3

KEY MOMENT: Newcomer Jimmy Rollins broke a 3-3 stalemate by blasting an eighth-inning offering by Shawn Kelley into the seats by the right-field foul pole for a three-run home run. This marked the fourth time Rollins has homered on opening day. Rollins, who spent his previous 15 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, has hit safely in his last 11 season openers.

ON THE MOUND: Clayton Kershaw didn't factor in the decision, as he was charged with three runs and six hits over six innings. Kershaw struck out nine and walked two. Rookie Yimi Garcia struck out two batters in a perfect seventh inning. Right-hander Joel Peralta pitched a scoreless eighth inning to set up Chris Hatcher for his first career save. Peralta was credited with the win.

AT THE PLATE: Adrian Gonzalez was a triple short of the cycle. Gonzalez homered in the third inning, singled in the fifth and then doubled in the seventh, when he scored the tying run on a double by Howie Kendrick, the team's new second baseman. Kendrick, who batted cleanup, tripled and scored in the fourth inning, on a double by Carl Crawford.

EXTRA BASES: The Dodgers have won five consecutive season openers for the first time in franchise history. . . . The announced crowd of 53,518 was the largest for a regular-season game in all of baseball in 2 1/2 years. The last time more people watched a regular-season game in person was Aug. 30, 2102, when the Dodgers hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of 54,261 fans.

UP NEXT: Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke (17-8, 2.71 ERA last year) will face San Diego right-hander Tyson Ross (13-14, 2.81) at Dodger Stadium at 7 p.m. On the air: TV: SportsNet LA; Radio: 570, 1020.

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