New season starts out slowly

Los Angeles banged out 15 hits, including a pair of doubles and a home run, but was never in the game after a six-run explosion in the fifth inning that tagged starter Hideo Nomo (0-1) with the loss. Nomo cruised into the fifth, having allowed a single run when a grand slam and a two-run homer with two out put the game out of reach.

Duaner Sanchez, Wilson Alvarez and Darren Dreifort held the Padres in check the rest of the way but the Dodgers out-hit San Diego 15-12 but struggled with men on base, leaving 15 during the opening day loss before 53,850 disappointed fans.

Shawn Green slugged a homer but it was not a day to remember for him. He left eight men on base, hit into a double play and leaving the bases jammed in the sixth inning.

Milton Bradley lived up to his early billing, singling twice and walking twice in five trips to the plate. Paul Lo Duca and Juan Encarnacion each had three hits, with Encarnacion adding a pair of doubles -- however, neither of them were able to score a run. Adrian Beltré singled twice

Jason Grabowski singled as a pinch-hitter in his first game in dodger Blue but Jason Werth fanned in a similar role as did Robin Ventura.

San Diego used three former Dodgers to keep Los Angeles in check. Ismael Valdez, Eddie Oropesa and Antonio Osuna were tough with men on base.

But the story was Nomo who struggled during the spring, allowing 39 hits in 27 innings and finishing with an 8.13 earned run average. Sanchez worked a scoreless inning; Alvarez allowed a run on four hits in his two innings and Dreifort added a shutout ninth.

The lineup for the opener was Roberts lf, Izturis ss, Bradley cf, Green 1b, Lo Duca c, Encarnacion rf, Beltré 3b and Cora 2b.

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