Greinke left with a broken collarbone, while Carlos Quentin emerged with an eight-game suspension.
One has to wonder if there will be repercussions Saturday when Greinke starts for the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers against the Padres, who expect Quentin to return after missing a week with a shoulder injury.
This marks the eighth start for Greinke (3-2, 4.22 ERA) since missing more than a month with a broken left collarbone - the result of a confrontation with Quentin in the teams' April 11 meeting. The Dodgers held a 2-1 lead to begin the bottom of the sixth in San Diego when Greinke's 3-2 pitch struck Quentin on the arm.
Quentin said Greinke soon directed an expletive toward him, prompting him to charge the mound. They collided after lowering shoulders, contact that the larger Quentin got the better of. Both benches cleared, with Los Angeles' Jerry Hairston Jr. getting tagged with a one-game suspension, while Matt Kemp and Quentin had a verbal confrontation in a Petco Park hallway after the game.
Quentin said his animosity stemmed from incidents in 2008 and 2009 when Greinke, then with Kansas City, hit Quentin, then with the Chicago White Sox.
"It's an unfortunate situation that someone got hurt and I do have a lot of remorse that someone did get hurt," Quentin said. "But I will say that I felt I had to protect myself and that what happened on the field as a result could have been avoided."
Greinke is 2-2 with a 5.02 ERA since returning, while Quentin is hitting .276 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 40 games since serving his suspension. But he sat out for the seventh straight contest in the Padres' 5-2 win Friday, still nursing a left shoulder injury he suffered on a swing last week.
Quentin took on-field batting practice Friday for the first time since the injury, though, and manager Bud Black seemed to indicate his left fielder would be in the lineup Saturday.
"Carlos is doing better, he's feeling better," Black said prior to Thursday's series opener.
Quentin is 6 for 26 lifetime against Greinke with three homers. He's been hit three times, but he's also been hit 101 times overall since the start of the 2008 season - more than any other player.
April's incident wasn't Greinke's most recent contentious episode, either. He struck Arizona's Miguel Montero in a June 11 contest, retaliating after Ian Kennedy 's pitch deflected off Yasiel Puig 's shoulder and caught the rookie in the face. Kennedy later hit Greinke, who did not charge the mound and avoided the fracas as the benches cleared.
Greinke's last start was less eventful, but he was charged with five runs over five innings in a 6-3 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Friday's victory for the Padres (38-36) - their 12th in 16 games and eight consecutive home win - didn't see too much controversy, though San Diego lost starter Clayton Richard after only two pitches due to shoulder pain. The bullpen held steady and the Padres beat Clayton Kershaw for the third time in as many tries.
Though it was the ninth loss in 12 games for the Dodgers (30-42), Puig remained red-hot, going 2 of 4 for his 11th multihit game in 17 contests. He's hitting .455 with an OPS of 1.251.
Tasked with keeping Puig in check will be Edinson Volquez (5-5, 5.84), who is 2-2 with a 3.97 ERA in six starts against Los Angeles. Volquez has allowed four runs and struck out 15 over 12 innings in his last two outings overall, going 1-0.
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|June 12, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Strained shoulder|
|June 11, 2013||Scott Van Slyke||15-Day DL||Left shoulder bursitis|
|June 08, 2013||Ted Lilly||Day-to-Day||Neck discomfort|
|June 07, 2013||Hanley Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 05, 2013||Ted Lilly||15-Day DL||Neck sprain|
|June 05, 2013||Mark Ellis||Day-to-Day||Groin injury|
|San Diego Padres|
|June 17, 2013||Everth Cabrera||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|June 15, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|June 11, 2013||Cameron Maybin||Day-to-Day||Sore knee|
|June 10, 2013||Cameron Maybin||15-Day DL||Strained left knee|
|June 10, 2013||Jedd Gyorko||15-Day DL||Strained right groin|
|June 01, 2013||Yonder Alonso||15-Day DL||Right hand contusion|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Zack Greinke doesn't have fond memories of his last outing at Petco Park. His return went off without hitch.
Greinke allowed one run in eight sharp innings, Adrian Gonzalez ended a wild Edinson Volquez 's no-hit bid with a homer in the sixth and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 Saturday night.
In his first outing in San Diego since breaking his collarbone in a brawl with Carlos Quentin April 11, Greinke had a season-high eight strikeouts. He allowed four hits and only pitched to two batters over the minimum through seven innings in his longest outing of the season.
"When he's spot on with command, Zack is a fun pitcher to watch," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Location is such a big thing with him, and it was clear he was locked in. What you saw today is what we expect from a pitcher of his caliber. Hopefully he can keep going like this and help us turn things around."
Mattingly hopes the Greinke's outing inspires his team to play better and live up to its vast potential - and lift the team out of last place in the NL Central.
"I do think the team has been lacking confidence," Mattingly said. "If tough when you don't win and you're stuck in last place and you're not putting up runs with consistency. When you go into that clubhouse and there's no victory music playing too often, it wears on your confidence.
"A win like this is what we're capable of when we put it all together," Mattingly added. "Hopefully it'll help us gain some confidence as a club and help us get on a little run here."
San Diego's home winning streak was snapped at eight.
Volquez did not allow a hit until Gonzalez, the former Padres first baseman, led off the sixth with his ninth home run. But the Padres' right-hander allowed a run in the fifth on three walks and a fielder's choice by Skip Schumaker .
Volquez lost for the first time in six starts. Volquez allowed five runs - three unearned - and walked a career-high seven in 5 2-3 innings.
"Volquez had a good moving fastball working for him, but he got away with them swinging at a lot of balls outside the strike zone," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Eventually, the Dodgers walked. It finally came back to haunt him."
The Padres remain the only major league team without a no-hitter.
Hanley Ramirez put the game out of reach with a solo home run in the seventh he launched into the third deck in left field that made it 6-0.
Quentin was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against Greinke.
The matchup didn't enhance Greinke's motivation.
"I don't think much about it," Greinke said. "It seems like you guys do, but it's just baseball to me. It felt like any other start."
Greinke didn't allow a hit until the fourth, when Chase Headley singled to right. He didn't allow a run until the eighth, when Jesus Guzman doubled in Yasmani Grandal from second base.
Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth and the Dodgers won for just the fourth time in 13 games. They're still mired in last place, but the win picked up the spirits of a floundering club.
"You hope this is the start of something special, a run that gets us back into the thick of things," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "Then again, we've thought that before and said that before and it hasn't happened. We just need to go do it. It's time for us to start playing better."
Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig went 0 for 3 with two walks, marking just the third time in 18 games that he hasn't gotten a hit.
NOTES: Dodgers LHP Chris Capuano will starting Sunday's game against the Padres on short rest. Capuano asked for the opportunity following a solid start Wednesday, his first since coming off the 15-day disabled list. Manager Don Mattingly said he would be limited to roughly 75 pitches. . The Padres placed LHP Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation and called up RHP Anthony Bass in a corresponding move. Black said that RHP Tim Stauffer , RHP Tyson Ross and LHP Robbie Erlin , currently in Triple-A Tucson, are candidates to replace Richard in the starting rotation. . The Padres also promoted RHP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Tuscon and optioned OF Jaff Decker back to Tucson. . Padres 1B Kyle Blanks was a late scratch due to back soreness. Mark Kotsay played Blanks' position and took his No. 5 spot in the lineup. . The Dodgers released veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez .