After bouncing back from a drubbing Thursday night to win two consecutive games against the Cincinnati Reds, the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Zack Greinke to the mound Sunday afternoon, the finale of their-four game set with the Reds and seven-game homestand.
On top of Greinke’s success this season, the Dodgers figured to be in good hands considering the right-hander entered the start 25-5 all-time at Dodger Stadium, which is good for the highest winning percentage at Chavez Ravine in the Majors (minimum of 15 decisions).
Greinke added to his success at home by allowing just one run and striking out eight over seven innings. The one run he allowed came in the fifth inning, which allowed the Reds to take a 1-0 lead. However, the Dodgers quickly responded behind back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Joc Pederson went opposite field against Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani to tie the game, and Greinke deposited DeSclafani’s next pitch over the center field fence to give the Dodgers a decided 2-1 lead. The home run was Pederson’s 23rd this season, and Greinke’s second — complete with another bat flip.
It was the fourth time this season the Dodgers hit back-to-back home runs this season, and Greinke became the first Dodgers pitcher with multiple home runs in one season since Darren Dreifort hit three and Chan Ho Park hit two, both in 2000.