Wilson falters in eighth as Padres rally for win
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March 30 (Sports Xchange) - San Diego outfielder Chris Denorfia lined a two-run, tiebreaking single through a drawn-in Dodgers infield to cap a three-run, eighth inning on Sunday, leading the Padres to a season-opening 3-1 home win over Los Angeles.
All three Padres runs came off reliever Brian Wilson, who entered the eighth with the Dodgers leading 1-0 behind seven shutout innings by left-handed starter Ryu Hyun-jin.
Pinch hitter Seth Smith, traded to San Diego from Oakland in the off-season, homered in his first at-bat with the Padres to greet Wilson and tie the score at 1-1.
"That's why the Padres got him," Wilson told reporters of Smith. "That's what he does."
After giving up the homer, Wilson walked pinch hitter Yasmani Grandal. The right-hander then fumbled shortstop Everth Cabrera's sacrifice bunt for an error.
Denorfia lined his decisive single to center after Grandal reached third on a delayed steal and Cabrera took second a pitch later without the Dodgers contesting the play.
"What just happened is more difficult to deal with because Ryu pitched so well," Wilson said. "I wasn't able to get ahead in the count, and they took advantage of it."
Right-hander Dale Thayer earned the win by retiring all three batters he faced in the eighth. Closer Huston Street picked up the save. Continued...