The Los Angeles Dodgers concluded their 10-game road trip with an afternoon affair against the New York Mets and a pitching matchup that featured Zack Greinke and Jacob deGrom, the top two pitchers in the National League in terms of ERA.
deGrom set the Dodgers down in order in the first inning, striking out Howie Kendrick and Adrian Gonzalez along the way. Greinke meanwhile added to his scoreless streak by getting all three batters faced in the bottom of the first to ground out.
Justin Turner was called out on strikes to open the second inning, and Yasmani Grandal and Yasiel Puig both grounded out to end another quiet frame from the Dodgers. The Mets similarly didn’t find success in the bottom of the second, as Greinke retired the side on two fly outs and a strikeout of Michael Conforto.
With both pitchers throwing a perfect game, albeit in the advanced stages of the game, Greinke ended deGrom’s early bid for history with a two-out single in the third. Nothing came of it however, as Joc Pederson was retired to end the inning.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the third and it was the beginning of the end for Greinke. Kevin Plawecki followed with a base hit to center that Pederson booted, allowing Nieuwenhuis to go first to third.
deGrom hit a chopper to Gonzalez, whose throw home was a bit off target and Nieuwenhuis just beat Grandal’s tag. The Mets took a 1-0 lead on the play and ended Greinke’s scoreless streak at 45.2 innings.
Daniel Murphy reached on a leadoff single in the fourth, but was erased on a 3-6-3 double play immediately after. Greinke then caught Lucas Duda on called strike three to keep the Mets lead at 1-0 through four innings.
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