Recap: Zack Greinke Strikes Out 7 As Dodgers End Losing Streak

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

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Norris remained perfect on the night by hitting his second single in the bottom of the fourth. Greinke then issued a two-out walk to Alexi Amarista, but ended the inning by getting Cashner to hit a soft flare to Kendrick.

Cashner faced the bottom of the Dodgers’ order in the fifth and worked a 1-2-3 inning to keep the Padres within one run of the Dodgers. Greinke countered by again putting together a quick inning in the bottom of the fifth.

The Dodgers went away quietly in the sixth, though it may have been a costly inning as Puig appeared to re-injure his left hamstring in an attempt to beat out a grounder to third base. He limped back to the dugout and was replaced by Andre Ethier in the bottom half of the inning.

Greinke retired the Padres in order in the sixth, ending the inning with his seventh strikeout of the game. On a night where offense was at a premium, Carl Crawford extended the Dodgers’ lead to 2-0 with a solo home run off Cashner in seventh inning.

Amarista drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh as Greinke’s pitch count was up to 104 and Pedro Baez got up in the bullpen. Yangervis Solarte pinch-hit for Cashner and was robbed of a base hit by Gonzalez, who made a leaping grab at a high chopper to start the 3-6-1 inning-ending double play.

Frank Garces took over the Padres in the eighth and was nearly taken deep by Rollins but the ball died at the warning track in left field. Ethier dumped a one-out single into left and Garces was removed after retiring Gonzalez. Kevin Quackenbush entered and got Kendrick to ground out after the second baseman fouled off multiple pitches.

Pedro Baez pitched the eighth inning for the Dodgers and gave up a two-out double to Kemp followed by an Upton infield single. Alonso chopped Paco Rodriguez’s first pitch up the middle that Rollins crossed second base to track down and make the play for the final out of the inning.

Grandal drew a leadoff walk in the ninth and moved to third base on Upton’s misplaying of Crawford’s single to left field. Initially ruled an error on the Padres’ left fielder, the official scorer changed the call to a double for Crawford. Joc Pederson’s sacrifice fly tacked on another run to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.

With an unnamed right-handed reliever unavailable due to injury, Yimi Garcia took the mound in the ninth and struck out two of the three batters he faced to earn his first career save in the Majors. The win snapped the Dodgers’ three-game losing streak and moved them into sole possession of first place in the NL West.


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