Arizona Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley quickly retired Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig to open the game, then issued back-to-back walks to Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez. The miscues wouldn’t cost Miley however, as he got Matt Kemp to fly out, ending the top of the first.

Zack Greinke allowed a one-out single in the first and followed with consecutive strikeouts of Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero. A.J. Ellis drew the third two-out walk of the game off Miley, but the lefty then got Greinke to ground out. Aaron Hill led off the bottom of the second with a single, which was followed by an A.J. Pollock walk, but the Diamondbacks were unable to advance either runner.

Puig extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a solo home run in the third inning that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Gerardo Parra hit a one-out single to center and took second base on a wild pitch but he would get no further. After a Martin Prado fly out, Greinke ended the third by striking out Goldschmidt for the second time in the game.

Scott Van Slyke continued his hot hitting against Miley, hitting a one-out double down the left field line. A.J. Ellis drove Van Slyke in with an RBI single to right-center and the catcher then scored on a Greinke RBI double to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. Greinke continued to hold the Diamondbacks without a run by retiring them in order in the fourth and fifth innings.

Van Slyke added to the Dodger lead with a solo home run off the center field wall in the sixth inning. Randall Delgado relieved Miley at the start of the seventh inning, but it was to no avail for the Diamondbacks as Puig hit a leadoff single and scored on a Ramirez RBI double. Kemp hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Ramirez to give the Dodges a 6-0 lead.

Greinke picked up his sixth strikeout in the home half of the seventh as he continued to pitch shutout baseball. Delgado remained on the mound in the eighth and the Dodgers scored another run on a Puig RBI double to take a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth.

Alfredo Marte pinch-hit for Delgado and singled to left-center, but he was erased on an inning-ending 3-6-1 double play. Oliver Perez pitched the top of the ninth for the Diamondbacks and retired the Dodgers in order. Greinke’s night was over after eight innings of shutout baseball, six strikeouts and an RBI double to help his cause.

With a comfortable seven-run lead, Brian Wilson pitched the bottom of the ninth and the Dodgers won the game, 7-0.
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