Dodgers' Kuroda Wins Big League Debut

Leads Dodgers to a 7-1 victory over Padres
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2008 3:05 AM CDT
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda pitches against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of their baseball game Friday April 4, 2008 in San Diego.    ((AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi))
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(Newser) – Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant in his big league debut, holding San Diego to three hits in seven innings and leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-1 win Friday night. The right-hander allowed Brian Giles' first homer of the season, but otherwise limited the Padres to two singles while striking out four and walking none.

Kuroda (1-0) also walked and scored on Russell Martin's first hit of the season, a two-run single in the seventh. A meltdown by the Padres' bullpen led to six runs that inning. The 33-year-old Kuroda was one of the Dodgers' big offseason acquisitions, signing a $35.2 million, three-year contract in December.