For the second time in the season, the Dodgers had a benches-clearing brawl that involved Zack Greinke and came back to win the game.
Earlier in the year, the Dodgers had an incident with the San Diego Padres when outfielder Carlos Quentin charged the mound after being hit by a pitch by Greinke. The Dodgers came back and won the game on a Juan Uribe home run, but lost Greinke for a few weeks with a broken collarbone.
This time, Greinke was at the plate at the time of the melee and avoided injury in a brawl much larger than the one with the Padres. The tension began in the sixth inning when Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy hit rookie Yasiel Puig in the nose. Greinke then retaliated by hitting catcher Miguel Montero in the top of the seventh.
The teams should have been even, but in the bottom of the inning, Kennedy threw a pitch near Greinke’s head that hit him in the shoulder. The Dodgers emptied the dugout and a brawl ensued. Many Dodgers were seen throwing punches and even the coaching staffs were seen in the tussle. In the end, three players and three coaches were ejected with the Dodgers losing Puig, reliever Ronald Belisario and hitting coach Mark McGwire.
In the actual game, the Dodgers trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth after allowing a run in the top of the inning. The Dodgers loaded the bases after walks to Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe to bring up catcher Tim Federowicz. The backup catcher hit the first pitch he saw for a bases-clearing double that gave the Dodgers a 5-3 lead. Kenley Jansen came in to close out the game in the ninth and give the Dodgers the win.
The Dodgers improved to 28-36 and made them 2-0 in games with a brawl.