Jul 10, 2015 12:56 AM
Greinke extends scoreless streak, Dodgers blank Phillies 6-0
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) Zack Greinke allowed one hit in eight innings, extending his career-high scoreless streak to 35 2-3 innings and lowering his major league-best ERA to 1.39 in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and Yasiel Puig ended an RBI drought of 51 at-bats with a two-run homer and two-run double for the NL West leaders. Los Angeles took three of four from the big league-worst Phillies and extended its division lead to 5 1/2 games over the idle Giants and Diamondbacks.
Greinke (8-2) struck out eight, walked none and retired his final 21 batters after giving up a leadoff single in the second by Ryan Howard. It was the right-hander's last outing before heading to Cincinnati for his third All-Star Game and Greinke made a strong case to be the National League starter next Tuesday.
He followed up Clayton Kershaw's gem Wednesday night, when the left-hander struck out 13 in an eight-hit shutout.
This was the 18th time since Greinke and Kershaw became teammates in 2013 that the Dodgers won back-to-back games in which they both got the decision but only the second time this season. It also happened April 17-18 at Dodger Stadium, when Kershaw beat Colorado 7-3 and Greinke followed that up with a 6-3 win over the Rockies.
Greinke hasn't allowed a run since June 13 at San Diego, when Justin Upton hit a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning to help the Padres beat him 2-1. His longest scoreless streak prior to this season was 24 innings in April 2009 with Kansas City, when he won the AL Cy Young Award with a 2.16 ERA and 16 wins.
Rookie right-hander Severino Gonzalez (3-3) gave up four runs and five hits through 5 2-3 innings in his seventh major league start, one night after Adam Morgan took the loss in his third big league start. Gonzalez has yielded 27 earned runs and 44 hits in 30 2-3 innings.
Gonzalez walked Yasmani Grandal with two outs in the fourth and hit Andre Ethier on the right arm with an 0-2 pitch before Puig lined an 0-1 delivery into the right-field corner for a double that gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. The RBIs were Puig's first since his two-run single against San Francisco's Tim Lincecum on June 21 at Dodger Stadium.
Adrian Gonzalez, heading to his fifth All-Star Game next week, made it 4-0 in the sixth with his 17th homer after a leadoff single by Howie Kendrick. Puig added his fourth of the season in the ninth against Hector Neris after a single by Grandal.
Jimmy Rollins was 5 for 15 with a homer and five RBIs in his first series against the Phillies, the team he spent his first 15 big league seasons with and left as their all-time hits leader when the Dodgers traded for him in December. The three-time All-Star shortstop was the 2007 NL MVP, a year before he helped the Phillies win their first World Series title since 1980.
Phillies relievers Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman were escorted to the press box by a club official before batting practice so they could meet and chat with Vin Scully. The Hall of Fame broadcaster's first season with the Dodgers was 1950 when Philadelphia's "Whiz Kids" won the team's first pennant in 35 years by beating the Dodgers on the final day of the season at Ebbets Field on Dick Sisler's 10th-inning homer off Don Newcombe.
Phillies: A matchup of World Series MVPs LHP Cole Hamels (2008) and LHP Madison Bumgarner (2014) will serve as the opening act in a three-game series at San Francisco on Friday night. Hamels (5-6) is 0-3 with a 3.03 ERA over his last seven starts after winning four in a row.
Dodgers: RHP Mike Bolsinger (4-3) has allowed only three home runs in 67 innings this season heading into Friday night's series opener against Milwaukee. But four of the 10 homers he has given up in the majors have been hit by the Brewers.