Los Angeles— The Dodgers took the opener of a two-game series against the San Diego Padres tonight in a 6-3 homer-fest, as Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger smacked home runs off Padres ace Chris Paddack. After a shaky start from Clayton Kershaw, he still found a way to pull through as he carved through the San Diego lineup with seven strong innings while allowing five hits, one walk, and three runs. Coming into tonight’s game, the Padres pitching staff had hit a rough patch, giving up 25 runs over the weekend in Denver. They somewhat got a better result tonight if you like to see a silver lining in everything. But clearly, it was not enough as Paddack gave up six runs (three earned) through 4.2 innings. Pederson hit a two-run, 410-foot home run to right-center field in the third inning to start the scoring for the Boys in Blue, and two batters later, Bellinger crushed an opposite-field home run to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. Next half inning, Manny Machado crushed a 90 MPH Kershaw fastball right down the middle to Santa Monica to cut the lead to 4-3, but that was all for the Friars as Kershaw retired 11 of the last 12 batters to finish his night. In the fourth and fifth innings, the Dodgers added a few more runs as they put the game out of reach and knocked Paddack out of the game. The Los Angeles bullpen shut the door as Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen blew through the lineup for a drama-free ending. I've been extremely impressed with Paddack's track record, especially being a rookie as he's dominated the National League so far. But it's understandable to have a bad start as a rookie against the two-time National League Champs right? The Dodgers look to take the two-game sweep tomorrow night at 10:10 PM, and then they fly to Cincinnati for a big series this weekend.