After Clayton Kershaw quieted the Philadelphia Phillies from the mound, and A.J. Ellis and Jimmy Rollins supplied run support, the Los Angeles Dodgers were in position to get a series win Thursday. Zack Greinke took the mound for his final start in the first half of the season and looking to extend his 27.2 scoreless inning streak.
Greinke set the Phillies down in order in the first inning, picking up a strikeout along the way. Severino Gonzalez matched Greinke in the bottom half of the inning, though Howie Kendrick nearly put the Dodgers ahead with a drive that Ben Revere caught in front of the fence.
Ryan Howard led off the second with a base hit to left, but nothing came out of it for Philadelphia. Cody Asche struck out swinging, Domonic Brown hit into a force out, and Greinke fielded his position to record the final out of the inning. Andre Ethier hit a one-out single in the bottom of the third, then was stranded by Yasiel Puig and Rollins.
After Greinke tossed a 1-2-3 third inning, he nearly helped himself with a solo home run. Similar to Kendrick, Greinke’s long fly ball was caught in front of the wall, though his was tracked down in in left field. With the game still locked in a scoreless tie, Greinke picked up two strikeouts in an easy fourth inning of work.
Gonzalez appeared to be on his way to matching Greinke through four innings before running into trouble with two outs. Yasmani Grandal drew a walk, then the Phillies’ right-hander plunked Ethier. Extending the inning for the Dodgers came back to haunt Gonzalez as Puig pulled a two-run double down the left field line.
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