The Los Angeles Dodgers received impressive outings from Josh Beckett and Hyun-Jin Ryu, and handed the ball to Zack Greinke as they looked to continue winning. Greinke retired the Cincinnati Reds in order in the first inning and picked up his first strikeout of the game. Alfredo Simon issued a two-out walk to Yasiel Puig, but was then thrown out trying to steal on a play Hanley Ramirez was called batter’s interference.
Any premature thoughts of another no-hitter were laid to rest as Todd Frazier singled off Greinke in second inning. Frazier was left stranded as Greinke got back-to-back strikeouts and struck out the side in the inning. Andre Ethier got the Dodgers on the board with a solo home run to right-center in the second inning. Greinke continued to dominate the Reds through the third and fourth innings, running his strikeout total to six.
Carl Crawford and Puig reached on singles in the fourth and took second and third on a Ramirez fly out to center. With first base open and one out, Simon intentionally walked Adrian Gonzalez to face Ethier. The newly minted Dodger center fielder ripped a bases-clearing triple down the right field line to extend the Dodgers’ lead to 4-0. Drew Butera drew a walk and Chone Figgins extended the lead with an RBI single.
After a Greinke sacrifice, Dee Gordon walked to again load the bases in fourth inning and Simon’s evening was done. Logan Ondrusek took over for the Reds and ended the inning by getting Crawford to ground out. Donald Lutz hit a one-out double in the fifth and came around to score on a Roger Bernadina RBI single with two-outs. Greinke ended the top of the fifth with his eighth strikeout of the game and the Dodgers leading, 5-1.
The Reds had a pair of singles in the seventh but were unable to cut into their deficit as Greinke struck out two more and finished the seventh inning with 10 strikeouts. Crawford and Puig both reached again in the seventh and Ramirez, playing in his first game since May 22, hit an RBI single to center that gave the Dodgers a 6-1 lead.
Greinke picked up his 11th strikeout of the game in the top of the eighth, but also allowed a two-run home run to Devin Mesorasco that knocked him out of the game after 7.2 innings. J.P. Howell relieved Greinke and got Jay Bruce looking for strike three to end the inning.
Matt Kemp made a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth inning following a Figgins double, but was unable to cash in and struck out swinging. Kenley Jansen took the mound in the ninth with the Dodgers still holding a three-run lead and he picked up his 16th save.
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