Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson slammed his first home run in Major League Baseball to help the Los Angeles Dodgers post a 7-4 victory over the host Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Pederson had three hits on the day and finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle as the Dodgers pounded out 16 hits.
While opponents scored first in each of the first five games of the year, it was the Dodgers who struck first on Sunday, with a Pederson leadoff double in the third inning, followed two batters later with a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Rollins for a 1-0 lead.
The scoring continued in the fourth inning with three straight singles, the third by Alex Guerrero -- making his first career major league start, at third base -- for his first major league RBI.
The fifth inning saw Yasiel Puig, one day after getting Saturday night off following a 2-for-17 start, hit a rocket line drive into the left field seats for his first home run of the season, and a 3-0 lead.
Pederson followed in the sixth inning with a home run to deep center field for a 4-0 lead. Not only was it Pederson's first major league home run, but it was also his first major league RBI.
The seventh inning featured an intentional walk to Pederson, a first in his career. He finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, falling a triple short of the cycle.
Pederson now is hitting .286 with six hits in 21 at-bats.
Zack Greinke pitched seven scoreless innings for the longest outing by a Dodgers starter this season. Greinke allowed only three hits, though two others reached base in a rare two-error game by Rollins. Greinke walked none and struck out seven, including four called strikeouts.
The Dodgers return home for a six-game homestand, starting with a three-game series against the Mariners. In the series opener on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles will travel to San Francisco in two weeks to face the Giants. Game 1 of the three-game series on April 21 will be Pederson's 23rd birthday.