LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke had a Dodger Stadium homecoming to forget, as the Dodgers hit five homers off their former teammate on Monday night for a 10-2 win over the D-backs that extended their National League West lead to a season-high four games.Greinke took a one-hit shutout into the
LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke had a Dodger Stadium homecoming to forget, as the Dodgers hit five homers off their former teammate on Monday night for a 10-2 win over the D-backs that extended their National League West lead to a season-high four games.
Greinke took a one-hit shutout into the fourth, but things unraveled quickly. A leadoff double from Corey Seager was backed up by a two-run homer from Adrián González, then Joc Pederson, Seager, Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal all went deep an inning later to ignominiously end Greinke's night with the D-backs trailing, 8-0. All told, the D-backs' ace allowed eight runs in 4 2/3 innings.
"The fourth inning was still really good," Greinke said. "The last inning wasn't as sharp. I made a really bad pitch to Joc. And then Maeda got not one of the better hits, but then after that I got hit hard the rest of the way. Good at-bats."
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An excellent night from Kenta Maeda made it a complete win for the Dodgers. The Japanese right-hander allowed one run on three hits while striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings. He lost his shutout bid in the seventh inning and turned the game over to the bullpen with one out and Los Angeles holding an 8-1 lead.
"Kenta threw the ball great," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "I think you could see with those hitters and their approach, sitting soft. He was effective with his fastball tonight and locating it inside, outside. Kept those guys guessing and made his slider that much more effective. We tried to get through that seventh inning, but he gave us a great, great effort. Something we really needed."
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Cat and mouse: Seager, who finished a triple shy of the cycle, tied Turner for the team lead in home runs at 24 with his three-run shot in the fifth. That tie lasted all of two minutes, as Turner hit a homer of his own for No. 25. Grandal, who entered the game one long ball behind the two infielders, kept it close with his 24th two batters later.
"Greinke's really good. Obviously he's been one of the best pitchers for a while," Seager said. "It's one of those things that kind of locks you in a little more. You have to be on your game. We battled, we took some good pitches, we got into counts that were more in our favor and we put some good swings on balls."
Not good for Zack: The five homers allowed by Greinke were a career-high and matched the most home runs ever given up by an Arizona starter. Right-hander Casey Daigle allowed five homers to the Cardinals on April 9, 2004, at Chase Field.
"He was working hard trying to locate the ball, but it just wasn't there," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "The ball was really tracking back towards the middle of the plate. Usually he's able to get out of those innings and stop the bleeding, but he wasn't able to do it tonight." More >
More than good enough: Maeda entered the seventh inning on a roll, having retired 18 straight batters since a leadoff hit from Jean Segura in the first inning. Maeda lost that streak on a single from Chris Owings to begin the seventh, then lost the shutout three batters later against Lamb. With two outs needed and Maeda sitting at 102 pitches, Louis Coleman entered the game and retired Welington Castillo and Yasmany Tomás to end the inning.
"I thought he was fine," Roberts said. "The stuff was still good, but for me at 100 pitches that was right where I wanted him to be. With that lead, I felt good with Coleman coming in and get Kenta ready for his next start."
Chavez Ravin(e): The Dodgers' highlights didn't just come on the field, they came on the scorecard, too. Specifically, Jesse Chavez and Josh Ravin pitched in succession to mark the first time "Chavez-Ravin" pitched at Chavez Ravine. Together the match made in Blue Heaven allowed a hit and a run in two innings.
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Maeda excelled on six days' rest. In starts in which he's pitches on five or more days of rest, similar to his schedule in Japan, he holds a 3.13 ERA in 89 innings. He has pitched on a regular four days' rest just once since the All-Star break.
"He's going to get an extra day his next turn, then after that, I don't think we have any days off," Roberts said. "That remains to be seen, because obviously with the extra day, Kenta has performed. I think with Kenta, whatever situation we put him in, he's going to perform."
D-backs:Shelby Miller will start the second game of this three-game set on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander is making his second start for the D-backs since spending more than six weeks with Triple-A Reno.
Dodgers:Ross Stripling will take at 7:10 p.m.PT on Tuesday for the Dodgers as he tries to continue a steady streak. He went at least five innings in all five of his August starts after only doing it four times before the month began.
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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.