Final score: Philadelphia Phillies, 2 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 5
Zack Greinke has been solid all season, but today, he was in excellent form, and more efficient than he’s been all year. For the first time, he pitched into the 7th inning, getting through it on 107 pitches. He struck out an impressive 11 batters, his high as a Dodger; he walked one, but it was intentional (at least, it wound up being intentional).
To that point, Greinke had allowed a sole run on 4 hits. For some reason, he came out to pitch the 8th inning, and gave up a home run to the first batter he faced; he has now given up at least one home run in each of his five starts (but he hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in any start).
Greinke also had a good day at the plate. With two out and a runner on first in the 5th, Greinke drew a walk that extended the inning, allowing Yasiel Puig to come up and drive a run in with a base hit. When Greinke batted with two outs in the bottom of the 7th, he doubled, then scored on a Puig triple.
In addition to Puig’s 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with a single, a double and a run scored; Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a solo shot; Scott Van Slyke, starting at first base to give Adrian Gonzalez a break, was 2-for-4 with a single, a double and a run scored; even Drew Butera went 2-for-4.
J.P. Howell retired all three batters he saw in the 8th (including 1 K), and Kenley Jansen delivered a perfect 9th (with a strikeout of his own).