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Bell Rings In post-Hoffman Era, Padres Win 4-2

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Heath Bell rang in the post-Trevor Hoffman era in San Diego, striking out the side in the ninth inning to save the Padres' 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

It was the first save opportunity this season for Bell, promoted to closer after the awkward offseason departure of Hoffman, baseball's career saves leader.

After more than a decade of watching Hoffman jog in to AC/DC's "Hells Bells," fans in San Diego got a taste of Bell jogging to the mound in a heavy mist, accompanied by "Blow Me Away" by Breaking Benjamin, from the soundtrack to the video game Halo 2.

Bell got a nice ovation from what was left of a crowd of 20,035. He struck out Matt Kemp, walked Casey Blake, then struck out pinch-hitter Doug Mientkiewicz and Rafael Furcal.

After nailing down his third career save, Bell got an emphatic high-five from catcher Nick Hundley.

Bell finished a combined five-hitter, with three relievers pitching three hitless innings to preserve the win for Chris Young (1-0).

Edwin Moreno escaped a jam in the seventh by getting Manny Ramirez to pop up to first base, ending the inning with two runners on.

After going hitless on opening day, Ramirez doubled and scored Los Angeles' first run. He finished 1-for-4. He stranded two runners in scoring position.

Chase Headley hit a two-run double in the sixth and the Padres beat former teammate Randy Wolf.

After wasting chances for big innings earlier Tuesday night and in Monday's 4-1 loss, the Padres broke through with a three-run sixth to take a 4-2 lead.

Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff singled to open the inning and scored when Headley hit a grounder just inside third base that rolled into the left-field corner. Headley tagged up and went to third when second baseman Orlando Hudson tracked down Scott Hairston's foul pop down the right-field line. After Hundley walked, Headley scored on Luis Rodriguez's sacrifice fly.

Ramirez doubled to right-center off Young leading off the fourth and scored on Russell Martin's double to left-center with one out. Martin scored on Blake's sacrifice fly.

Young held Los Angeles to two runs and five hits in six innings, struck out five and walked two.

Moreno replaced him in the seventh and promptly walked Blake. Pinch-hitter Blake DeWitt grounded out before Furcal walked. Moreno struck out Hudson and got Ramirez to pop up to end the threat.

San Diego took a 1-0 lead in the second when Kouzmanoff hit a leadoff triple that bounced off right fielder Andre Ethier's glove as he tried to make a leaping catch against the wall. Kouzmanoff scored on Hairston's one-out double.

Wolf (0-1) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, struck out three and walked three.

Notes:@ The Padres are expected to name Tom Garfinkel their new president and chief operating officer on Wednesday. He resigned Saturday as the Arizona Diamondbacks' executive vice president and COO. He's following Jeff Moorad, the Padres' new vice chairman and CEO who heads a group that's buying the Padres from John Moores. Moorad had been the Diamondbacks' CEO before resigning to pursue the purchase of the Padres. ... Padres RHP Walter Silva is scheduled to make his big league debut Wednesday night against the Dodgers. After spending his entire career in the Triple-A Mexican League, the Padres invited him to spring training and purchased his contract on Sunday. Los Angeles manager Joe Torre said the Dodgers do have a scouting report on Silva, even if it's not very extensive. "Chances are somebody has seen him pitch, in winter ball or somewhere," Torre said.

(Padres 4, Dodgers 2; SUBS 16th graf to correct Wolf's pitching line)

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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