Greinke sti­fles Mar­lins and gets just enough sup­port to earn his first win since May 5.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Dy­lan Her­nan­dez


MI­AMI — Did Zack Greinke dance when the Dodgers scored Sun­day?

Man­ager Don Mat­tingly smiled.

“I saw him danc­ing on the in­side,” Mat­tingly said.

Yes, it f in­ally hap­pened: Greinke won a game.

He ended a nine- start win­less streak in a 2- 0 vic­tory over the Mi­ami Mar­lins, whom he lim­ited to four hits and a walk over 72⁄3 in­nings.

The two runs of sup­port were two more than Greinke re­ceived in his two pre­vi­ous starts com­bined. Greinke’s last win was on May 5.

Greinke low­ered his earned- run av­er­age to 1.58, best in the ma­jor leagues, and im­proved his record to 6- 2. Fi­nally.

“I haven’t been pay­ing at­ten­tion to it,” he said.

The end of the un­wanted streak shifted the postgame con­ver­sa­tion to Greinke’s early- sea­son dom­i­nance, which Mat­tingly com­pared to Clay­ton Ker­shaw’s last year .

Ker­shaw posted a 1.77 ERA on his way to claim­ing the Na­tional League’s most valu­able player and Cy Young awards.

“It seems sim­i­lar,” Mat­tingly said. “Ev­ery out­ing is re­ally, re­ally good. Prob­a­bly

the rea­son Clay­ton’s ends up be­ing to­tally his­toric is that ev­ery­thing we needed to hap­pen did last year. If we needed three runs, we got three. If we needed two, we got two. Zack just hasn’t had that same thing.” Greinke dis­agreed. “Mine’s been very av­er­age com­pared to his, I think,” Greinke said. “He’d go like eight in­nings ev­ery start and strike out eight­plus. Mine’s been a lit­tle bit of luck and a lit­tle bit of skill.”

Very av­er­age? Greinke was re­minded that he has al­lowed one or no runs in 12 of his 16 starts.

“It’s in be­tween av­er­age and what he did last year,” Greinke con­ceded.

While say­ing his curve­ball has been “so- so, at best,” Greinke de­scribed his fast­ball, slider and changeup as “high- qual­ity.”

“A lot of guys have four pitches, but there are not a lot of guys that have four that they throw for strikes and use when­ever they want,” Mat­tingly said.

Asked why Greinke is per­form­ing bet­ter than he did in his two pre­vi­ous sea­sons with the Dodgers, Mat­tingly replied, “This year, it seems he’s been sharp from the very be­gin­ning. Last year and the year be­fore, it just took him a while to get into the f low of the sea­son.”

Sec­ond base­man Howie Ken­drick played be­hind Greinke af­ter the righthander was traded to the An­gels in the mid­dle of the 2012 sea­son. Ken­drick, traded to the Dodgers be­fore this sea­son, said Greinke has sur­prised him with his ath­leti­cism.

“It’s been phe­nom­e­nal, man,” Ken­drick said. “It’s fun to get be­hind him and play some D and watch him work on the mound. Be­cause his de­fense on the mound is . . . I knew he could play D, but I’ve been pretty im­pressed. He’s like a lit­tle short­stop up the mid­dle.

“It’s been fun to watch him work.”

Ken­drick was in­volved in both of the Dodgers’ runs.

The f irst was scored in the f ifth in­ning, which Jimmy Rollins led off with an in­field sin­gle. Rollins ad­vanced to sec­ond base on a balk by Mar­lins starter Jose Urena and was bunted over to third by Greinke. Joc Ped­er­son walked, af­ter which Ken­drick hit a ground ball that ap­peared des­tined to re­sult in an in­ning- end­ing dou­ble play.

But Mar­lins short­stop Adeiny Hechavar­ria’s throw forced Justin Bour to take his foot off f irst base. Ken­drick was safe at f irst and Rollins scored.

“That’s why you hus­tle, keep play­ing,” Ken­drick said.

The Dodgers dou­bled their lead to 2- 0 in the sev­enth in­ning when Adrian Gon­za­lez dou­bled in Ken­drick from f irst base. Ken­drick had reached base on a walk.

Ken­drick was pleased the Dodgers could get Greinke his long- awaited sixth vic­tory.

“That’s the game,” Ken- drick said. “You can go all year and cer­tain guys get more runs than oth­ers, but it’s not like we go out as play­ers and go, ‘ We’re go­ing to score more runs to­day.’ ”

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