After losing two straight to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers took the field Sunday afternoon trying to avoid the sweep and get their record back to .500 in this young season.
Zack Greinke made his second start of the season and was opposed by fellow right-hander Josh Collmenter. Alex Guerrero made his first career Major-League start, as he got the nod at third base after Justin Turner and Juan Uribe both left Saturday’s game with injuries.
Jimmy Rollins led the game off with a single to right field. Collmenter then got Yasiel Puig to fly out, the red hot Adrian Gonzalez to pop up and picked off Rollins to end the inning. Greinke got off to a strong start as he retired the side on groundouts in the bottom of the first.
Andre Ethier came up with his first hit of the season in the top of the second with a two-out triple off the wall in center field, but Guerrero followed with a groundout and the game remained a scoreless tie. Tuffy Gosewisch hit a two-out single in the bottom of the second inning, but it didn’t amount to anything as Greinke otherwise struck out the side.
Joc Pederson doubled down the right field line to lead off the third inning and was moved along the bases on Greinke’s sac-bunt. Rollins’ line drive sacrifice fly to center gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, marking the first time they’ve scored first in any of their games.
Yasmani Grandal singled in the fourth and went first to third with one out on Ethier’s base hit to right field. Guerrero collected the first RBI of his career with a bloop single that extended the Dodgers’ lead to 2-0. Pederson reached on an infield single to load the bases, but Collmenter struck out Greinke and got Rollins to ground out to end the threat.
Paul Goldschmidt struck out and David Peralta grounded out to give Greinke two quick outs in the bottom of the fourth. Jake Lamb reached on a Rollins error, however he was gunned down by Grandal on a stolen base attempt to end the inning.
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