Dodgers' MLB defence off to losing start

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Reigning World Series champions the LA Dodgers have made a losing start on the opening day of the Major League Baseball (MLB) season.

The Dodgers secured their first World Series title since 1988 when they beat the Tampa Bay Rays in last season's showpiece, but it was the Colorado Rockies who took an 8-5 win over the Dodgers in Denver on Thursday night.

Chris Owings had three hits and scored three runs for Colorado while Trevor Story and C.J. Cron added two hits apiece.

Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Max Muncy, Gavin Lux and Corey Seager had two hits each for Los Angeles.

Tampa Bay opened their 2021 season with a 1-0 win over the Miami Marlins.

Austin Meadows broke open a scoreless pitching duel with an eighth-inning homer to fire the Rays to victory.

Veteran slugger Miguel Cabrera had earlier hit the first home run of the new season, launching a drive through the snow in Detroit's chilly 3-2 win against Cleveland.

Toronto got off to a winning start thanks to a tie-breaking double in the 10th inning from Randal Grichuk, which took them to a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees, while San Diego beat Arizona 8-7.

Milwaukee won over Minnesota 6-5 in the 10th, Pittsburgh triumphed 5-3 over Chicago, Cincinnati lost 11-6 at home to St Louis and Philadelphia beat Atlanta 3-2 thanks to a game-winning single in the 10th from Jean Segura.

The Seattle Mariners produced one of day-one's more unlikely comebacks, rallying from a five-run deficit to to score six in the eighth on their way to beating the San Francisco Giants 8-7.

The Kansas City Royals broke a 42-year-old club record for most opening-day runs as they overcame the Texas Rangers 14-10. .

The Los Angeles Angels got their season off to a winning start, beating the Chicago White Sox 4-3, while Zack Greinke's six shutout innings led Houston Astros to an 8-1 win at Oakland.

The New York Mets' game against the Nationals in Washington was postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak, while threatened rain led to the Boston Red Sox's clash with Baltimore at Fenway being pushed back 24 hours.