Greinke makes just his fourth start Tuesday night and first at Miller Park since being traded from the Milwaukee Brewers last season.
The Dodgers have made large investments over the last year, adding high-priced players Hanley Ramirez , Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford through trades before signing Greinke to a six-year, $147 million in the offseason.
Los Angeles (18-25), though, is in last place in the NL West, and Mattingly has taken the brunt of the blame. He addressed rumors of his impending firing before Monday's series opener, saying he'll continue to do his job unless told otherwise by team president Stan Kasten and general manager Ned Colletti."As far as any kind of rumors or whatever they are, I talked to Stan the other day. He didn't fire me that day," Mattingly said. "I'm still here. Ned didn't tell me I wasn't going to be here tomorrow or today. That's the way I look at it."
Injuries have contributed to the team's disappointing start as well. Ramirez has played only four games due to a hamstring injury, and Greinke missed more than a month after breaking his collarbone in a fight with San Diego's Carlos Quentin on April 11.
Greinke (2-0, 1.62 ERA) made his first start since that incident Wednesday, allowing one run in 5 1-3 innings of a 3-1 win over Washington.
"The collarbone feels pretty good," Greinke told the team's official website. "It's not 100 percent, but it doesn't restrict me at all when I'm pitching."
Greinke threw only 83 pitches in his last outing, though.
"My stamina needs to grow a little bit, but that could be next start," Greinke said. "It needs to be a little bit stronger throughout the game. I was feeling pretty drained after five."
The right-hander went 25-9 with a 3.67 ERA with Milwaukee from 2011 through July 28, 2012, when he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels . Greinke has never started against his former team, though Yuniesky Betancourt (0 for 10) and Aramis Ramirez (0 for 9, 4 Ks) are hitless against him.
Ryan Braun went 2 for 4 and Betancourt singled for the team's only hits Monday as Milwaukee dropped to 3-15 in May. NL batting leader Jean Segura , acquired from the Angels in the Greinke trade, went 0 for 4 to drop his average to .355 after going 8 for 16 over his previous four.
He has gone hitless in back-to-back games just once this season.
The Brewers (17-26) have lost seven of eight at home and will look to get back on track with help from Hiram Burgos .
Burgos (1-2, 6.58) began his rookie season 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA over his first three starts, but he gave up 12 runs in just three innings of a 13-7 loss to Cincinnati on May 11 before allowing three runs in five innings of Thursday's 7-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
The right-hander faced the Dodgers on April 26, allowing three runs and four hits - including a solo homer to Carl Crawford - in six innings before leaving without a decision in Milwaukee's 7-5 loss.
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|May 14, 2013||Josh Beckett||15-Day DL||Left groin strain|
|May 08, 2013||Adrian Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Left game - neck|
|May 06, 2013||Jerry Hairston Jr.||Day-to-Day||Strained groin|
|May 06, 2013||Jerry Hairston Jr.||15-Day DL||Strained left groin|
|May 04, 2013||Hanley Ramirez||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|May 03, 2013||Adrian Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|May 08, 2013||Tom Gorzelanny||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|April 28, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Right index finger|
|April 12, 2013||Alex Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Left hand contusion|
|April 07, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised left quad|
|April 07, 2013||Chris Narveson||15-Day DL||Sprained middle finger|
|April 06, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||15-Day DL||Left knee sprain|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers roughed their old teammate, Zack Greinke , handing the right-hander his first loss at Miller Park.
Carlos Gomez hit a go-ahead two-run double, Jonathan Lucroy tied a career high with three hits and five Milwaukee relievers combined for five scoreless innings as the Brewers beat Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Tuesday night.
Mike Fiers (1-2), Michael Gonzalez , John Axford , Brandon Kintzler and Jim Henderson pitched Milwaukee to only its fourth victory in its last 19 games by allowing four singles. Henderson threw the ninth for his ninth save, striking out pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke with runners on first and second.
"When the bullpen comes together like that and shuts those guys out for the rest of the game, even though their record isn't that great, that's a good hitting team," said Fiers, who got out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the fourth. "We definitely did a great job coming out of the pen."
Greinke (2-1), making his second start since returning from a broken left collarbone, gave up season highs of nine hits, five earned runs and three walks in four-plus innings against his former team. The right-hander, traded by the Brewers to the Los Angeles Angels last July 27 before signing with the Dodgers in the offseason, had won his first 15 decisions in Milwaukee.
"I didn't think about it at all," Greinke said. "Everything was bad, not just command. Just no feel out there, no adjustments to be made. Started out bad. I got out of some jams early but never really got better."
Greinke gave up four runs in the fourth by allowing hits to the first five batters. Jean Segura led off with a triple over the head of right fielder Andre Ethier and came home to tie the score at 2-2 on a single by Ryan Braun .
Singles by Aramis Ramirez and Lucroy loaded the bases for Gomez, who gave Milwaukee a 4-2 lead with a ground-rule double over the left field wall.
"Zack's a great teammate," Gomez said. "I faced him when he was in Kansas City and he really had my number. So we had that conversation (when Milwaukee was in Los Angeles at the end of April) and I said, `I want to face you, now.' And he said, `all right, but I'm going to do the same. I'm going to strike you out.' He probably laughed at my first at-bat (a strikeout). But I continued to look for good pitches to hit. He threw me one and I hit a double."
Matt Guerrier replaced Greinke and gave up a run-scoring grounder to Yuniesky Betancourt that increased the lead to 5-2. Milwaukee's rally ended when Gomez was picked off third by Guerrier before Jeff Bianchi was caught stealing second.
Brewers' starter Hiram Burgos lasted only 3 1-3 innings, as the rookie right-hander gave up two earned runs, six hits, four walks and struck out three.
"It sure would be nice to get into the seventh inning with some of our starters," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke . "Our pitch count is going up way too fast. He got himself into trouble but made some pitches to get out of it."
Lucroy's two-out single in the first gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.
Los Angeles went ahead in the fourth on run-scoring singles by Greinke and Nick Punto .
However, the Dodgers left 14 runners on base, including nine in the first five innings, to lose for the seventh time in their last eight road games.
"That's really kind of been the story as far as our offense has been concerned," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. "We had the right people up in the right spots. We had our chances. We just weren't able to do it."
NOTES: All 10 of the Dodgers' hits were singles. . Milwaukee won for just the second time in its last nine home games. ... Greinke was 25-9 in 1 1/2 seasons with the Brewers. ... The Dodgers were trying to win consecutive road games for just the third time this season. ... Home plate umpire Wally Bell warned both benches when Ronald Belisario threw behind Lucroy's back in the seventh. In the top of the inning, Ethier was hit in the elbow on a pitch from Axford. ... Matt Kemp , from Midwest City, Okla., will donate $1,000 to the Oklahoma tornado relief fund for every homer he hits through the All-Star break.