No matter which park Zack Greinke has called home in recent years, he's been practically unbeatable in those surroundings.
Whether pitching in Milwaukee, with the Los Angeles Angels or up the 5 freeway for the Dodgers (46-46), Greinke (7-2, 3.91 ERA) is 24-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 38 regular season and playoff home starts since the beginning of the 2011 season. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA all-time at Chavez Ravine, including 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA in six starts during his first season with the Dodgers.
Greinke, who has a 3.33 ERA while winning four straight starts overall, gave up two hits and struck out seven over seven scoreless innings of a 6-1 win at Arizona on Monday."This is probably maybe the second time he's had this kind of stuff," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Hopefully we're trending toward this more consistently."
Though Greinke will try to win five consecutive starts for the first time since July 27-Aug. 17, 2011, he needs more outings like his latest."It's got to be more consistent," he said. "(Monday) was good but it can't just be one game and then a couple of OK games and then a bad game and then a good game."
Greinke is 1-0 in two starts against the Rockies this season - both at Coors Field - despite recording a 7.84 ERA and walking 10 in 10 1-3 innings. He matched a career high with seven walks and allowed five runs in five innings of a 10-8 win over the Rockies on July 3.
It's possible Puig won't be behind him Saturday because of a sore hip.
After leaving in the eighth inning of Thursday's 6-1 win over the Rockies (45-49), the rookie phenom exited in the fourth of a 3-0 loss Friday. He's batting .392 with eight homers and 19 RBIs in 37 games."There are a lot of games left in the season," Puig said. "I'll rest, get some treatment and see how it feels (Saturday)."
Mattingly doesn't seem too concerned."If he's healthy (Saturday), he'll play," he said.
Teammate Carl Crawford also could miss a second straight game because of a stiff lower back.
The Dodgers managed three of their four hits Friday against Colorado's Juan Nicasio , who outpitched Clayton Kershaw and helped snap their five-game winning streak. Los Angeles has lost four times in 20 games.
With a double Friday, Los Angeles' Hanley Ramirez is batting .444 in his last 24 games. He's hitting .448 (13 for 29) versus Colorado this season and is 4 for 7 against scheduled starter Tyler Chatwood (5-2, 2.74).
The right-hander allowed five hits over six scoreless innings during a 12-2 win at Dodger Stadium on April 29, but gave up six runs and 11 hits in five innings against Greinke and Los Angeles last week.
He was much better Monday when yielding two runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-2 win at San Diego to improve to 3-1 with a 1.26 ERA in five road starts this season.
"I just wanted to go right after guys," Chatwood told the Rockies' official website.
D.J. LeMahieu had three hits with an RBI on Friday for Colorado, which won for the fourth time in 12 contests. He's batting .355 (11 for 31) with four RBIs against the Dodgers in 2013.
|July 08, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained finger|
|July 08, 2013||Roy Oswalt||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 05, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Upper back strain|
|June 29, 2013||Jorge De La Rosa||Day-to-Day||Left game - left thumb|
|June 26, 2013||Dexter Fowler||15-Day DL||Right wrist soreness|
|June 26, 2013||Dexter Fowler||15-Day DL||Right wrist soreness|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|July 11, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Left game - aggrivated left hip|
|July 07, 2013||Stephen Fife||15-Day DL||Right shoulder bursitis|
|July 06, 2013||Matt Kemp||15-Day DL||AC joint irratation, left shoulder|
|July 05, 2013||Matt Kemp||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder AC joint irratation|
|June 12, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Strained shoulder|
|June 11, 2013||Scott Van Slyke||15-Day DL||Left shoulder bursitis|
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Zack Greinke 's best outing with the Los Angeles Dodgers was a workmanlike display of pitching to spots and letting his teammates make the plays behind him - mostly on groundballs.
Greinke retired his first 13 batters before finishing with a two-hitter, leading the Dodgers over the Colorado Rockies 1-0 on Saturday.
"He had a good slider and his four-seamer was cutting, which made him effective," Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer said. "But more than anything, it was his location. He threw a lot of strikes. His velocity was good and he kept the ball down."
The Dodgers won for the 14th time in 17 games, despite the absence of rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig , who missed his first game since his promotion on June 3 because of a sore left hip. He was removed during each of the previous two games of this series for precautionary reasons.
Greinke (8-2) struck out nine, walked one and got 14 groundball outs while recording his fourth shutout and 13th complete game in 245 career starts. He out-pitched Tyler Chatwood (5-3), who gave up a run in the first inning then nothing the rest of the way while going the distance for the first time in 49 big league starts.
Greinke set down the first 11 Colorado batters on just 31 pitches - inducing 10 groundballs and a checked-swing popup to third base by Todd Helton .
"It wasn't a plan. It just kind of happened that way," Greinke said after winning his fifth straight start. "I wasn't necessarily trying to do it. I was just down in the zone a lot, and that had a lot to do with why the results were good.
The Rockies got one runner as far as second, when Helton worked out a nine-pitch walk to open the eighth and pinch-runner Josh Rutledge stole on the next pitch. But Greinke retired the next three batters.
The Rockies didn't get their first baserunner until Helton lined a clean single to left-center on a 2-2 curve ball with one out in the fifth.
"Really I just threw fastballs and sliders today," Greinke said. "Every time I threw a curveball, they hit it hard. So I tried not to throw too many of them."
Jonathan Herrera bunted to the right side for a hit leading off the sixth, but was caught stealing on the next pitch by A.J. Ellis, who has erased 18 of 38 would-be base-stealers this season.
Greinke needed only 44 pitches to get through five innings, and had so much energy by then that he stole his first base of the season without a throw from catcher Yorvit Torrealba after lining an opposite-field single to right in the bottom of the fifth. He then proceeded to strike out four of his next six batters.
The 29-year-old right-hander, who signed a six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers in December as a free agent, improved his home record to 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA in seven starts at Dodger Stadium. In his last 43 home starts overall, he is 28-2 with a 2.93 ERA.
"It's not like we were being as aggressive as possible. I mean, the guy was throwing strikes, so we swung," Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler said. "He was throwing everything and was around the zone."
Chatwood gave up a leadoff double in the first by Skip Schumaker and hit Mark Ellis with his next pitch before Hanley Ramirez drove in Schumaker with a one-out grounder.
"That was definitely a tough one," Chatwood said. "My stuff was the same all game, and I attacked the zone. I threw the ball good today, but that's just how it goes. You have to tip your cap to Zack. He pitched a good game."
Chatwood struck out four and walked two in eight innings. The right-hander got through seven for the first time in 30 starts since July 24, 2011, during his rookie season.
"We didn't get a win, but I don't think his outing was wasted," Cuddyer said. "I think he can continue to build off that."
NOTES: Greinke's win came on the 11th anniversary of the day he signed his first professional contract with the Royals, and was his third career 1-0 victory as a starter. ... Cuddyer was back in the lineup after sitting out Friday's game against three-time All-Star Clayton Kershaw . Cuddyer's 27-game hitting streak ended against Kershaw on July 2 at Coors Field. ... Greinke is 11 for 30 at the plate for a major league-best .367 average among pitchers. ... After Sunday's series finale, Cuddyer and teammates Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki head to New York for the All-Star game - each of them an extra $25,000 richer because of All-Star bonus stipulations in their respective contracts. ... Greinke's next victory will be his 100th in the majors.