The Dodgers followed their familiar formula to a tee on Wednesday night in their 5-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park. Dan Haren in his Dodgers debut was in complete control, pitching six innings without a walk. He allowed four hits, and the one run he did allow was unearned thanks to a catcher's interference call on A.J. Ellis - on a ball that appeared to be fouled by Seth Smith into the mitt of Ellis - the second straight night a non-reviewable catcher's interference call has gone against the Dodgers. Haren kept San Diego off balance all night with pitches in the high-80s, and struck out six. Dodgers starting pitchers this season have allowed four runs in five games, including three earned runs, for a 0.91 ERA, with six walks and 30 strikeouts in 29⅔ innings. The Dodgers scored first again, as they have in all five games. On Wednesday, the Dodgers plated three runs in the first thanks to the first four batters reaching base: Carl Crawford doubled, Yasiel Puig laid down a surprise bunt and was safe at first on a throwing error but still recorded the first sacrifice of his career, Hanley Ramirez doubled them both home, then scored on a single by Adrian Gonzalez. After the Padres scored a run in the bottom of the fourth the Dodgers answered right back with a tally in the top of the fifth when Andre Ethier singled in Ramirez. That frame marked the end for Tyson Ross, who threw 100 pitches in his five innings. Andrew Cashner, who threw six innings on Sunday night, remains the only opposing starter to last longer than five innings so far this season against the Dodgers, and even he was nearly at the end of his rope with 89 pitches through five.
Dan Haren sharp in debut as Dodgers cruise over Padres
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