The right-hander looks to avoid a fourth consecutive rough outing and help the Dodgers prevent the visiting Braves from a sixth straight victory Thursday night.
After losing two of three to open an eight-homestand, Atlanta (37-22) won the last five, capped with a 5-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Julio Teheran came within four outs of a no-hitter and rookie Evan Gattis hit his 13th homer as the Braves won for the 15th time in 19 games.
Atlanta has homered 29 times and posted a 2.48 ERA during that span.
"We're playing winning baseball right now," outfielder Jason Heyward told the Braves' official website. "Everybody's contributing in their own way, timely hits, we're playing pretty good defense and our pitchers are keeping runs off the board.
"We'll go out and have some fun, a change of scenery a little bit, time change out there, but go play baseball and have fun."
With a three-game home sweep of Los Angeles (25-33) last month, Atlanta has won six of eight against the Dodgers.
Greinke (2-1, 4.80), who is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts against the Braves, certainly has his work cut out for him in the opener.
He allowed a home run through 5 1-3 innings of a 3-1 victory over Washington on May 15 in his return from missing more than a month with a broken collarbone. Since then, Greinke is 0-1 with an 8.78 ERA in three starts, allowing 28 hits and walking seven.
Greinke yielded four runs and nine hits while walking three in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-6, 10-inning loss at Colorado on Saturday.
"I haven't pitched well a whole lot this year," he told the Dodgers' official website. "I expected to do better the first couple of outings than I have. I've got to make the adjustments and pitch better."
Los Angeles fell short in its bid for a three-game home sweep of San Diego with a 6-2 loss Wednesday.
Highly touted Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig went 5 for 8 with two homers and five RBIs in his first two games, but was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts Wednesday.
"He's going to be fine, he's going to make outs," manager Don Mattingly said.
The veteran right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.33 ERA in five starts since beating the New York Mets on May 5, but he allowed an unearned run and three hits in 7 1-3 innings of a 2-1, 10-inning victory over Washington on Saturday.
"I felt pretty good out there," Hudson said. "I think (pitching coach Roger McDowell ) and I made some pretty good work in my bullpen sessions between starts."
The Braves hope the recent stride Hudson made will help improve his performance on the road, where he is 1-4 with a 7.67 ERA in six starts. He's 1-2 with a 5.03 ERA in seven at Dodger Stadium.
Heyward went 6 for 14 in the Pittsburgh series, but is 4 for 45 (.089) on the road this season. He's batting .119 (5 for 42) lifetime at Chavez Ravine.
|Jerry Hairston Jr.||21||.238||5||0||0||0||2||.238||.524||.286|
|May 29, 2013||Kris Medlen||Day-to-Day||Left game - left upper calf contusion|
|May 18, 2013||Eric O'Flaherty||15-Day DL||Left elbow surgery - out for season|
|May 13, 2013||B.J. Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left shoulder contusion|
|May 12, 2013||Jordan Walden||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|May 12, 2013||Jordan Walden||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|May 05, 2013||Juan Francisco||Day-to-Day||Sprained right ankle|
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|June 05, 2013||Mark Ellis||Day-to-Day||Groin injury|
|June 02, 2013||Carl Crawford||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|June 02, 2013||Hyun-Jin Ryu||Day-to-Day||Sore foot|
|May 30, 2013||Chris Capuano||15-Day DL||Left shoulder latissimus strain|
|May 30, 2013||A.J. Ellis||15-Day DL||Left oblique strain|
|May 30, 2013||Matt Kemp||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Yasiel Puig topped himself yet again, electrifying the Dodger Stadium crowd with another big moment in a week already full of them for the rookie newly arrived to the major leagues.
Puig hit his first career grand slam, Zack Greinke pitched four-hit ball over seven innings, and Los Angeles defeated Atlanta 5-0 on Thursday night, snapping the Braves' five-game winning streak.
"He's really going out there and playing like he belongs up here," veteran Braves pitcher Tim Hudson said of Puig, who made his debut on Monday.
Clinging to a 1-0 lead, the Dodgers loaded the bases in the eighth after Cory Gearrin gave up one-out singles to Skip Schumaker and Luis Cruz , and then walked pinch-hitter Hanley Ramirez .
That set the stage for Puig, who had fans on their feet and clapping in expectation of more exploits from the 22-year-old Cuban defector. He was 5 for 8 with two homers and five RBIs in his first two games this week before going 0 for 4 on Wednesday.
Watching from the dugout, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez were chatting about what Puig might do.
"We said, `It should be grand slam here' and it's on the first pitch," Mattingly recounted. "You're trying to get one there and he gets you four."
Puig homered on the first pitch into the right field pavilion, extending the Dodgers' lead to 5-0. He took his fourth curtain call of the week from the top of the dugout steps, raising both arms to acknowledge the cheers.
"What information we had on him going in and knowing what I wanted him to do in that situation, that obviously wasn't it," Gearrin said. "It was a slider and I didn't get it down enough. I left it up and out over the plate, and he did what he was supposed to do."
Typical of his hard-charging style, Puig was going so fast he nearly came up on Ramirez's heels as they crossed home plate in succession. One of his teammates poured water on Puig's head in celebration.
He really got soaked after the game, when Cruz dumped a container of water over his head during an on-field interview.
"It's just infectious the way he plays," Mattingly said. "Seems like there's a joy in his game. It's the way you're supposed to play. He just looks so fresh. That's what gives our guys so much energy."
Puig had singled, struck out and grounded out to shortstop in his three previous at-bats.
"With the fans here and us winning, the pressure comes off," Puig said through a translator.
He said he doesn't feel any extra pressure compared to what he felt in the minors or playing back home in Cuba.
"It's the same for me," he said shrugging. "I prepare myself to do what I'm doing and the team is winning."
Playing right field, Puig showed off his cannon of an arm, cutting off balls that might have gone for extra bases and firing throws to keep runners from advancing.
"He's a good player on both sides of the ball," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He made a couple of nice plays defensively, and it looks like he's got a pretty good arm."
Greinke (3-1) put his recent struggles behind him, striking out a season-high seven and walking three to earn his first victory since May 15 against Washington.
The right-hander had given up four runs and nine hits while walking three in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-6 loss in 10 innings at Colorado last weekend, one of four recent rough outings for Greinke.
"I'd been struggling, but I felt like I'd been pretty close," he said. "Right now is not my sharpest, but just working on it trying to get better."
Hudson (4-5) dueled Greinke through seven innings, allowing one run and four hits. He struck out five and walked none in his first start against the Dodgers since 2011.
The NL East-leading Braves lost for the first time in June. They had won seven of nine and 15 of 19 coming into the opener of their seven-game West Coast trip.
Pena, hitting .321 coming in, was 1 for 4 with a strikeout. Freddie Freeman , who came in hitting .306, was 1 for 4 with two strikeouts for the Braves. Andrelton Simmons was hitless in four at-bats, ending his 11-game hitting streak.
NOTES: The Dodgers notched their seventh shutout victory of the season. ... The Dodgers' last six homers have been hit by rookies Puig (3), Van Slyke (2), and Tim Federowicz (1). ... The Dodgers selected RHP Chris Anderson of Jacksonville (Fla.) University with their first-round pick (18th overall) in the first-year player draft. The 20-year-old junior was 7-5 with a 2.49 ERA and three complete games in 14 starts this season. The team took LHP Tom Windle of Minnesota with the 56th overall selection in the second round. He was 6-4 with a 2.14 ERA in 14 starts as a junior. ... Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis turned 36 on Thursday.