Puig sits as Greinke, Dodgers beat Rockies 1-0
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Zack Greinke retired his first 13 batters before finishing with a two-hitter for a win in his fifth straight start and leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Colorado Rockies 1-0 on Saturday.
The Dodgers won for the 14th time in 17 games, despite the absence of rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig, who missed his first game since his promotion on June 3 because of a sore left hip. He was removed during each of the previous two games of this series for precautionary reasons.
Greinke (8-2) struck out nine, walked one and got 14 groundball outs while recording his fourth shutout and 13th complete game in 245 career starts. He out-pitched Tyler Chatwood (5-3), who gave up a run in the first inning then nothing the rest of the way.
Chatwood gave up a leadoff double in the first by Skip Schumaker and hit Mark Ellis with his next pitch before Hanley Ramirez drove in Schumaker with a one-out grounder.
Greinke set down the first 11 Colorado batters on just 31 pitches – inducing 10 groundballs and a checked-swing popup to third base by Todd Helton. The Rockies got one runner as far as second, when Helton worked out a nine-pitch walk to open the eighth and pinch-runner Josh Rutledge stole on the next pitch. But Greinke retired the next three batters.
The Rockies didn’t get their first baserunner until Helton lined a clean single to left-center with one out in the fifth. Jonathan Herrera bunted to the right side for a hit leading off the sixth, but was caught stealing on the next pitch by A.J. Ellis, who has erased 18 of 38 would-be base-stealers this season.
Greinke needed only 44 pitches to get through five innings, and had so much energy by then that he stole his first base of the season without a throw from catcher Yorvit Torrealba after lining an opposite-field single to right in the bottom of the fifth. He then proceeded to strike out four of his next six batters.
The 29-year-old right-hander, who signed a six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers in December as a free agent, improved his home record to 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA in seven starts at Dodger Stadium. In his last 43 home starts overall, he is 28-2 with a 2.93 ERA.
Chatwood struck out four and walked two. The right-hander got through seven innings for the first time in 30 starts since July 24, 2011, during his rookie season.
NOTES: Greinke’s win came on the 11th anniversary of the day he signed his first professional contract with the Kansas City Royals, and was his third career 1-0 victory as a starter. … Greinke is 49-47 with a 3.90 ERA in 135 career starts before the All-Star break. After the break, he is 45-32 with a 3.59 ERA in 110 starts. … Rockies RF Michael Cuddyer was back in the lineup after sitting out Friday’s game against three-time All-Star Clayton Kershaw. Cuddyer’s 27-game hitting streak ended against Kershaw on July 2 at Coors Field. … Greinke is 11 for 30 at the plate for a major league-best .367 average among pitchers. … After Sunday’s series finale, Cuddyer and teammates Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki head to New York for the All-Star game – each of them an extra $25,000 richer because of All-Star bonus stipulations in their respective contracts. … Greinke’s next victory will be his 100th in the majors.