Padres topple Dodgers in North American opener

Seth Smith hit a tying homer leading off the eighth and Chris Denorfia singled home two runs to give the San Diego Padres a 3-1 victory against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in baseball’s North American opener Sunday night.

Smith’s first hit with the Padres came on a 2-0 pitch from Brian Wilson, who started the eighth after Hyun-Jin Ryu threw seven scoreless innings. It sailed an estimated 360 feet into the right-field seats. It was his seventh career pinch-hit homer.

He was acquired in an offseason trade with Oakland for reliever Luke Gregerson.

Dale Thayer (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win. Huston Street pitched the ninth for the save.

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By Al Saracevic