Giants score 6 runs in 1st in 8-4 win over Dodgers

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm •  Published: April 4, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The ball was dropping everywhere for the Giants through the first two innings. After that, they couldn't get a hit.

They made their early runs hold up, beating Los Angeles 8-4 Friday and spoiling the Dodgers' home opener played nearly two weeks after they began the season in Australia.

Michael Morse keyed a six-run first inning with a two-run single in the Giants' highest-scoring opening inning since they scored six on June 2, 2008, against the Mets.

"We had some breaks and we know it," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, "so you take them."

David Huff (1-0) got the victory, allowing two hits in 1 2-3 innings of relief while striking out three.

After retiring the first two batters, Hyun-Jin Ryu got pummeled for six runs while giving up six hits, including four in a row as the Giants batted around. They finished Ryu with two more runs in the second, extending their lead to 8-0. It was the South Korean's shortest outing as a Dodger.

Ryu and four relievers combined to hold the Giants hitless over the final 7 1-3 innings.

"I don't really feel like he got thumped," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We didn't help him for sure. Things didn't go his way, but I like the way he handled himself. He could have gotten irritated."

Ryu (1-1) gave up a career-high eight runs — six earned — and eight hits while getting six outs. The left-hander walked three and struck out two while making his third start in six games. He was moved up in the rotation after injured ace Clayton Kershaw went on the disabled list for the first time in his career with a strained muscle in his back. Kershaw may be out a month.

"You wish it was one of those games buried on a Tuesday night in August instead of opening day," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "It was one of those games where he (Ryu) just couldn't catch a break."

Pablo Sandoval walked, Buster Posey singled and Morse singled them in for a 2-0 lead. Center fielder Matt Kemp bobbled Morse's hit, allowing him to take second on the error, and Brandon Belt singled in another run.

Activated from the disabled list before the game, Kemp wasn't originally in the lineup but was inserted after Yasiel Puig arrived late to the ballpark and was removed from the batting order.

"The first two innings were sloppy defensively," Kemp said. "We didn't do a good job of anything, but we kept fighting. We kept grinding. You're going to have those games when you start out slow."

Puig said after the game through a translator that he had already apologized to his teammates and Mattingly.