Thompson, Kershaw Spark Dodgers to 10–1 Win Over D-backs

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Trayce Thompson, right, hits a three-run home run as Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Kevin Ginkel, left, watches along with catcher Gabriel Moreno, second from left, and home plate umpire John Tumpane during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles on April 1, 2023. (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES—Trayce Thompson hit three home runs and become the first player to drive in eight or more runs in a season debut since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920, helping Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers roll to a 10-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night, April 1.

Thompson hit a grand slam in his first at-bat of the season as the Dodgers beat Arizona for the 16th time in the last 22 meetings. J.D. Martinez added his first home run in a Dodgers uniform.

In the 12th matchup between left-handers Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner, the Los Angeles star came out on top with six strong innings. The previous 11 matchups came when Bumgarner was a member of the San Francisco Giants. Each pitchers’ team has won six times in the meetings.

Kershaw (1–0) gave up one run on four hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in an efficient 76 pitches over his first start of 2023. Bumgarner (0–1) gave up five runs on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts in four innings (85 pitches).

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Clayton Kershaw (22) of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on April 1, 2023. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Thompson’s grand slam came in a five-run first inning for the Dodgers before he added a three-run shot in the fifth inning.

Christian Walker hit a home run for the Diamondbacks, the fifth of his career against Kershaw.

The Dodgers wasted little time jumping on Bumgarner. Mookie Betts opened the bottom of the first with a double, Freddie Freeman singled and Max Muncy was hit by a slow curveball to load the bases. Chris Taylor’s sacrifice fly gave the Dodgers a 1–0 lead with a Miguel Vargas walk loading the bases again before Thompson’s slam.

Walker’s home run in the second inning pulled the Diamondbacks to 5–1 and gave him nine hits in his first 29 career at-bats against Kershaw.

Bumgarner gave way to right-hander Kevin Ginkel in the fifth inning before Thompson cashed in a double from Martinez and another walk to Vargas with his second-career multi-homer game for an 8–1 lead.

Martinez’s home run came in the seventh inning for Los Angeles, while Thompson’s third of the night came in the eighth. All three Thompson home runs went to left-center field and traveled 409, 418 and 440 feet, in that order.

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By Doug Padilla

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