Rollins’ 3-run HR lifts Dodgers over Padres

Los Angeles, CA ( – Jimmy Rollins made his Dodgers debut one
to remember.

Rollins’ three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning gave Los Angeles a
6-3 victory over the San Diego Padres in a back-and-forth 2015 season opener
at Dodger Stadium.

Highly touted rookie Joc Pederson drew a walk against Shawn Kelley (0-1) to
start the eighth and advanced to second two batters later on a Kelley error
that allowed Andre Ethier to reach base. Rollins then stepped up and delivered
a shot to right, breaking a 3-3 tie.

The longtime Phillies shortstop and franchise leader in hits also singled in
his first at-bat with his new club in the bottom of the first inning.

Rollins’ heroics overshadowed a mediocre start from reigning National League
MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. The lefty struck out nine in
six innings, but was reached for three runs on six hits and a pair of walks.