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SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig hit a two-run, first-inning homer off Padres righty Ian Kennedy and Los Angeles righty Zack Greinke allowed two runs on two hits over five innings Tuesday afternoon as the Dodgers defeated San Diego 3-2 at Petco Park.

Puig's 410-foot blast onto the second balcony of the Western Metal Supply building in left immediately followed a lead-off single by Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford. Crawford had stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Puig hit a 2-and-1 fastball from Kennedy.

The Dodgers bullpen closed out the game with four scoreless innings, aided by double-play grounders by Padres third baseman Chase Headley in the sixth and eighth innings. The Padres had runners on first and third with one out in the ninth when Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen struck out right fielder Chris Denorfia and pinch-hitter Nick Hundley around a bases-filling walk to Grandal.

Although Tuesday's game was the first meeting between Greinke and Kennedy since their bean-brawl last June 11 at Dodger Stadium, there were no incidents.

Kennedy was pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks in that game. After Kennedy hit Puig in the nose with a pitch, Greinke hit Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero. Kennedy responded by hitting Greinke -- triggering a bench-clearing brawl that resulted in a 10-game suspension for Kennedy.

Greinke retired the first 10 Padres he faced Tuesday before left fielder Seth Smith hit his second homer in as many games during a span of three at-bats. Smith's 374-foot drive into the right-field stands raised his career average against Greinke to .400 (6-for-15) and cut the Dodgers' lead to 3-1.

The Dodgers scored a run in the top of the fourth on a two-out double by catcher A.J. Ellis and a line single to center by second baseman Dee Gordon.

The Padres pulled within a run in the fifth when second baseman Jedd Gyorko scored on a Greinke wild pitch after drawing an inning-opening walk.

Both Greinke and Kennedy left after five innings. Greinke allowed two runs, two hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Kennedy gave up three runs, five hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

NOTES: The Dodgers announced that two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will be on a "submaximal throwing program" for at least two-to-three weeks before his back strain will be re-evaluated. ... CF Matt Kemp could be activated from the disabled list by this weekend. ... With two off days in the season's first five days, the Padres will skip their fifth starter the first

time through the rotation and go with Opening Day starter Andrew Cashner on Saturday night in Miami. ... LHP Max Fried, the seventh overall pick in the 2012 draft, remains in extended spring training in Arizona with an elbow strain.
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