After dropping the first two against the rival San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to Zack Greinke to get them back in the win column.
He struggled to start, loading the bases with a double, a single and a walk; however, he escaped without any damage. The Dodger offense was up against Matt Cain and Dee Gordon started off with a single. He stole second and third, Hanley reached base via hit by pitch, but they were unable to score.
A single and a walk to start the second doomed Greinke as the Giants were able to get two runs on a sacrifice fly and RBI single by Hunter Pence and Buster Posey, respectively. The Dodgers sent three batters to the plate in the third with Chone Figgins reaching base but being thrown out trying to steal.
Greinke was able to work around a Figgins’ error in the top of the third to keep the Giants off the scoreboard. Greinke walked to start the bottom half for the Dodgers and was left there following a pair of groundouts and a strikeout. The Dodger right-hander threw a perfect fourth inning to keep the team in the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Adrian Gonzalez reached on an infield single and was quickly erased by a Matt Kemp double play. Carl Crawford then lined out to end the inning. Greinke worked around a leadoff walk to Posey to retire the next three hitters in order. The offense was retired in order in the bottom of the inning to keep it 2-0 after five.
Greinke continued his string of scoreless innings since the second inning and threw another perfect inning in the sixth. The Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the inning to chase Cain from the game. Gonzalez grounded into a double play to score a run and Kemp then singled in the tying run.
With the game now tied, Greinke worked around a couple runners to keep the Giants from scoring. In the bottom of the seventh, Drew Butera doubled and came around to score on a Gordon double. Puig quickly followed with a ground-rule double to make the score 4-2. Gonzalez ended the inning with a deep fly to center.
Brian Wilson came in to pitch the eighth. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases, but he got Pence to foul out to Butera to end the threat. Kemp led off the eighth with a home run to right field to make it 5-2. Crawford singles, stole second and moved to third on a groundout by pinch-hitter Andre Ethier. Butera then hit a sac fly to bring him home and extend the lead to 6-2.
Chris Perez came in to pitch the ninth and close it out for the Dodgers. Puig made a nice running catch in foul territory for the first out. Perez then got Morse to strike out. A grounder to Gonzalez ended the game and gave the Dodgers the victory.
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