Borah High grad gets first major-league victory


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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Stephen Fife throws to the plate during the first inning of their baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, June 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


LOS ANGELES — Stephen Fife, a Borah High graduate, allowed one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings to earn his first major-league win in the Los Angels Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.

"Seven tries and finally got one," he said, with a ball noting his first big league win in his locker. "It was jitters to start the game with a leadoff walk. The first double play in the first inning kind of settled me in."

The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day to replace left-hander Chris Capuano, who was scratched because of a strained left triceps.

Fife made the second consecutive spot start for the injury-riddled Dodgers after Matt Magill filled in for Hyun-Jin Ryu in Sunday’s 7-2 loss at Colorado. The 26-year-old right-hander made one previous start this season for the Dodgers on April 21 against Baltimore, resulting in a no-decision.

Brandon League pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.

Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke homered for the Dodgers, and Yasiel Puig had a successful major league debut.

Puig batted leadoff and went 2-for-4 with two singles, including one in his first at-bat that drew high-fives from his new teammates. The 22-year-old Cuban defector also was brought up on the same day left fielder Carl Crawford went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.

San Diego got the potential tying run on first in the ninth when League walked Chris Denorfia with one out. But Kyle Blanks flied out to right and Puig fired to first base to double off Denorfia and end the game.

Left-hander Eric Stults (4-5) pitched seven solid innings, but was saddled with the hard-luck loss.

Gonzalez homered into the Padres’ bullpen with two outs in the first inning. Van Slyke made it 2-0 in the second with a leadoff homer.

The Padres cut it to 2-1 in the sixth on Chase Headley’s RBI single that scored Alexi Amarista, who doubled.

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