SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dan Haren finally feels comfortable in Dodger blue.
Haren didn't go with the Dodgers to Australia for their season-opening, two-game series against Arizona, so he didn't get his first taste of real action with his new team until he threw six strong innings in a 5-1 victory against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
"I feel like part of the team now," Haren said. "I haven't done anything up to now. I'm just happy that I was able to come through for the guys.
"I really wasn't with the team that much," said Haren, who signed as a free agent in late November. "Teams often bond on the road. They're in the clubhouse a lot, on the plane or bus, whatever. So I really didn't have that. I'm just glad I was able to come through, and I'm looking forward to getting back home."
While the Dodgers were in Arizona, Haren, their No. 4 starter, pitched in minor league games.
"Man, I got my butt kicked in those camp games," he said. "The adrenaline level, there's nobody watching, it's dead silence. It's hard to simulate major league innings."
Haren retired the first nine batters before Everth Cabrera singled to center leading off the fourth and eventually scored on Yonder Alonso's one-out single to right. The run was unearned because Seth Smith, batting after Cabrera, reached on catcher's interference by A.J. Ellis.
Haren (1-0) allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked none.
The Dodgers took two of three from the Padres and now play their home opener Friday afternoon against San Francisco.
The Dodgers jumped on Tyson Ross (0-1) for three runs in the first inning.
Carl Crawford doubled to left-center and advanced on Yasiel Puig's sacrifice bunt. Puig was safe when Ross' throw pulled first baseman Alonso off the bag. Manager Bud Black went out to challenge the play, but umpires determined he didn't do so in a timely manner.
Hanley Ramirez doubled to left to bring in both runners and then scored on Adrian Gonzalez's single to center.
Ramirez scored again in the fifth when he walked with one out and eventually came in on Andre Ethier's two-out single to right.
Ross allowed four runs, three earned, in five innings while striking out seven and walking four.