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Yasiel Puig lifts Dodgers over Padres

STRONG START:Yasiel Puig hit a line drive for a double, while Ian Kennedy avoided starting another brawl. In Miami, the Marlins beat the Rockies the second night in a row

AP, SAN DIEGO, California

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, center, hits a home run in the first inning against the San Diego Padres in San Diego, California, on Tuesday.

Photo: USA TODAY

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Yasiel Puig hit a 125m drive for a two-run homer and Zack Greinke won his season debut, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Carl Crawford started the game with a base hit and Puig then drove a 2-1 pitch from Ian Kennedy into the balcony on the third deck of the Western Metal Supply Co Building in the left-field corner. It was his first homer.

It was the second time Kennedy faced the Dodgers since June 11 last year, when, while with Arizona, he hit Puig and Greinke with pitches, inciting a brawl at Dodger Stadium. Kennedy was suspended 10 games. He was traded to the Padres on July 31 last year.

San Diego loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth against Kenley Jansen, on singles by Yonder Alonso and Will Venable, and a walk to Yasmani Grandal. The closer then struck out pinch-hitter Nick Hundley to earn his second save in two chances.

Greinke (1-0) went five innings, allowing two runs and two hits while striking out five and walking two.

Seth Smith homered for San Diego.

MARLINS 4, ROCKIES 3

In Miami, Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings as Miami made the most of five hits to beat Colorado for the second night in a row.

The Marlins’ 2-0 start hints at big improvement from last year, when they began 14-41 en route to a 100-loss season. The Rockies are 0-2 after finishing last in the NL West last year.

Eovaldi (1-0) allowed two runs and struck out six after Jose Fernandez limited Colorado to one run in the season opener. Eovaldi gave up six hits, walked one and reached 159kph on the radar gun.

A.J. Ramos struck out Nolan Arenado with runners at the corners to end the eighth, protecting a one-run lead. Steve Cishek converted his 30th consecutive save opportunity and first of the year by pitching a perfect ninth.

Brett Anderson (0-1) pitched six innings and allowed four runs, three earned, in his first start for the Rockies.

In other NL action, it was:

‧ Braves 5, Brewers 2

‧ Diamondbacks 5, Giants 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AP, HOUSTON, Texas

Jesus Guzman and L.J. Hoes homered off C.C. Sabathia to help the Houston Astros roll to a 6-2 win on Tuesday in the first game of Derek Jeter’s farewell tour with the New York Yankees.

Jeter’s final big league season began by being plunked on the left arm by Scott Feldman. The 13-time All-Star went one for three with a single.

Jeter, who has won five World Series with New York, announced in February that his 20th season would be his last.

The Astros added Dexter Fowler and Scott Feldman to improve a team coming off three straight 100-loss seasons. On the first day, it worked.

Fowler had two doubles as Houston jumped on Sabathia (0-1) for six runs in the first two innings. Feldman allowed two hits in 6-2/3 innings in his Houston debut after signing a three-year, US$30 million contract.

BLUE JAYS 4, RAYS 2

In St Petersburg, Florida, Drew Hutchison won his first start in almost two years, while Adam Lind homered for the visiting Blue Jays.

Hutchison (1-0) allowed three hits and walked three over 5-1/3 shutout innings in his first big league game since June 15, 2012. The right-hander had elbow ligament replacement surgery in August 2012.

Lind hit a three-run homer in the first off Alex Cobb (0-1). He sent a 3-1 pitch over the center-field fence.

Cobb gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in five innings.

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