Rich Hill made it through just four innings for the Dodgers, yielding three hits and three walks. The veteran struggled with his control and never found a groove, but stranded runners in scoring position in the second and third innings to keep it close.
Kenta Maeda got the victory by getting three outs of middle relief. The Japanese right-hander didn’t make the Division Series rotation, but Roberts plans to use the 13-game winner as a specialist against right-handed batters.
Tanaka tipped his cap in appreciation and held Cleveland down until he was done. The right-hander, beaten 3-0 by Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros in the 2015 AL wild-card game, struck out seven, walked one and allowed three hits.
Carolina (1-0-1) has not won the first two games of a season since 2010.
I thought there were times when we dictated and times where they dictated, coach Bill Peters said. It was kind of back-and-forth. But I thought it was pretty even throughout. … It’s a resilient group and it’s a work in progress.
Columbus outshot the Hurricanes 11-10 in the first period, with each team killing off one minor penalty. The second period went similarly, as each team killed off a penalty and the Hurricanes outshot the Blue Jackets 10-9.
It was the 400th NHL game for Hurricanes center Marcus Kruger. … Carolina’s next four games are all on the road before a return home on Oct. 24 against Tampa Bay. … Carolina D Trevor Van Riemsdyk (concussion) sat out, while C Martin Necas and RW Josh Jooris were healthy scratches. … Ex-Carolina center Zac Dalpe, and D Scott Harrington, were healthy scratches for the Blue Jackets. … Columbus hosts Carolina in their next matchup Nov. 10.