Wrap: Dodgers hold on, beat D-backs
PHOENIX – Zack Greinke was dominant once again, but the Dodgers had to hold on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Greinke pitched no-hit ball through four innings and wound up tossing eight scoreless to lower his ERA to 1.61, but Kenley Jansen allowed a three-run home run in the ninth to make things interesting before the Dodgers held on for a 4-3 victory.
Greinke allowed three hits and walked two while striking out eight.
The Dodgers didn’t do a whole lot on offense against Arizona starter Patrick Corbin, scoring twice on eight hits in six innings. They got two more runs against the bullpen, which was more than Greinke needed.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a three-run homer off Jansen with two outs in the ninth, but Jansen got the final out to preserve the win.
It was the second straight victory for the Dodgers, who improved to 82-60. That allowed them to keep their 7 1-2 game lead over the Giants, who beat the San Diego Padres on Sunday for their third straight win.
At the plate
Justin Ruggiano very nearly hit the Dodgers’ fourth leadoff home run in the last five games, banging a double off the right-field wall. He scored on a single by Justin Turner as the Dodgers took an early 1-0 lead.
Corey Seager’s streak of reaching base on nine straight plate appearances came to an end in the first inning as his sharp grounder was snagged by pitcher Patrick Corbin. He went without a hit for the first time in a start this season, though he did hammer a ball in the seventh inning that was tracked down by center fielder A.J. Pollock.
The Dodgers extended their lead to 2-0 in the third as Justin Turner singled, stole second base and eventually scored on a ground ball fielder’s choice by Scott Van Slyke.
Ronald Torreyes saw his first action with the Dodgers after being activated earlier in the day. The infielder came on for Jose Peraza and doubled in his first big league at bat, scoring on a single by Adrian Gonzalez. He was acquired in a deal with Toronto in June for cash.
A.J. Ellis hit a booming home run in the eighth inning, his fifth homer of the season to make it 4-0.
On the mound
Greinke was sharp from the start, and didn’t give up a hit until Saltalamacchia’s double with one out in the fifth inning. He was perhaps at his most brilliant when it mattered the most, striking out D-backs star Paul Goldschmidt three times, including with runners on second and third with two outs in the sixth inning.
He ended up going eight scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.62, striking out eight and walking two while also giving up three hits.
Kenley Jansen held on despite giving up a three-run home run in the ninth inning.
On the bases
Justin Turner stole second base in the third inning, his fifth steal of the season. The Dodgers, who were so poor at stealing bases for most of the season, have now stolen 22 bases in 23 attempts over their last 14 games.
The Dodgers return home for a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies beginning on Monday. Clayton Kershaw will start the series opener as he goes for his 14th win of the season. Kershaw has allowed only five earned runs over his last six starts.