December 13, 2013
BASEBALL — MLBMonday, September 2, 2013
Dodgers complete three-game sweep after victory
LOS ANGELES — Coming off one of the best months of his career, Zack Greinke hopes he’s not peaking too early.
After all, the playoffs are looming, and that’s a place the Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t been since 2009.
“Just don’t want to waste all the good starts now,” Greinke said after allowing one run over seven innings of a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres yesterday. “It’s been good the last nine, 10 starts. Location’s been as good as it’s been for a long stretch.”
Yasiel Puig homered in the sixth to help the Dodgers complete a three-game sweep.
The NL West leaders earned their 10th sweep of the season and first against San Diego. With their fourth straight victory, they extended their roll from August, when the Dodgers went 23-6 for their most wins in a month since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.
“Our guys have grinded it out pretty good,” Dodgers coach Don Mattingly said. “We had trouble putting runs on the board (the last two games).”
Greinke (14-3) won his sixth straight start for the first time since winning nine in a row over the 2008-09 seasons. The right-hander gave up two hits, struck out seven and walked two. Greinke, who came in batting .340, also singled with two outs in the fifth. He stole second with a head-first slide that inning.
Puig hit his 14th homer into the left-field pavilion on the first pitch he saw from Dale Thayer (2-5) with one out in the sixth, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. The sellout crowd of 52,168 cheered the 22-year-old Cuban defector on Cuban Heritage Day.
His homers are third-most on the team despite playing in just 79 games since being called up from the minors.
Paco Rodríguez, born in Miami of Cuban descent, retired both batters he faced in the eighth, extending his scoreless innings streak to 11.0 in 13 appearances since August 3.
Kenley Jansen retired the side in the ninth, including two strikeouts to give him 100 this season, for his 24th save in 27 chances, including 17 in a row.