The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Zack Greinke to the mound as they began a key three-game series against division rival San Francisco Giants on Friday.
Manager Don Mattingly purposely set his starting rotation so Greinke would start the series opener, and he’d be followed by Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Yasiel Puig tripled in the first inning and scored on Adrian Gonzalez’s RBI single to give Greinke and the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. As the Dodgers added to their lead throughout the game, Greinke kept the Giants off the board with seven scoreless innings.
The right-hander recorded 10 strikeouts with four of them coming in the third inning. Greinke first got Giants catcher Hector Sanchez swinging, then Tim Lincecum looking.
Hunter Pence worked a full count and was another strike out victim, however the ball got past A.J. Ellis and Pence reached on the play. Greinke found himself facing another full count with Gregor Blanco at the plate.
As he did with Pence, Greinke got Blanco to chase a ball in the dirt, which Ellis was this time able to control and threw to first for the final out in the inning.
Greinke set the tone for the series as the Dodgers went on to sweep their rival and took a 1.5-game lead in the NL West standings.
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