Dan Haren shines in debut as Dodgers knock off the Padres

If Wednesday night is any indication of how Dan Haren’s season will take shape, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation looks unstoppable. Haren tossed six strong innings to lead the Dodgers to a 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres in the final game of the three-game series.

The only run the Padres were able to scrape across was largely due to a catcher’s interference call in the fourth inning. Seth Smith was given first base when the home plate umpire, Jim Reynolds, mistakenly felt that Smith’s bat tipped catcher A.J. Ellis’ glove.

The blown call placed Everth Cabrera in scoring position. After a fly ball moved him to third, Cabrera came home on a Yonder Alonso single.

Aside from the interference sequence, Haren was brilliant striking out six while allowing only four hits and no walks. Opposing hitters have had little chance against Dodger starters who have only allowed four runs (three earned) in 29 2/3 innings.

Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez have struggled this season at the plate with a combined 2-for-28 (.071) entering Wednesday night. In the first inning that all changed with a Ramirez two-run double and Gonzalez RBI single helping the Dodgers to an early 3-0 lead.

Andre Ethier and Dee Gordon added an RBI single each to extend the Dodgers lead to 5-1 in the later innings giving the bullpen more than enough to close the door.

The Dodgers will make the short trip north and come back home to Dodger Stadium for the home opener on Friday afternoon. Hyun-jin Ryu will look to continue his scoreless season against Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants.

WP: Dan Haren (1-0)

LP: Tyson Ross (0-1)