Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a two-run
homer and Zack Greinke continued his recent dominance at home as the red-hot
Los Angeles Dodgers shut out the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-0, at Dodger Stadium.
An incredible comeback on Friday night vaulted the Dodgers to a victory in the
series opener, and the team picked up their 13th win in 15 games on Saturday
while sending the Rays to their fourth straight loss.
Greinke (10-3) worked around six hits to throw 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He
struck out seven while walking just one and moved to 6-1 in 10 home starts
this season, where he has a 2.32 ERA.
"It wasn't perfect but I made some good pitches," said Greinke. "Mixed it up a
lot, more than usual. That was the plan tonight, stay with it and it worked
Nick Punto had a pair of RBI, A.J. Ellis had a sacrifice fly and Skip
Schumaker finished 4-for-4 in the win.
A day after blowing a three-run lead in the ninth, the Rays managed just six
hits and received only four innings out of starter Roberto Hernandez (6-12).
He was charged with all five runs on eight hits.
"I don't want to say it's a concern," said Rays outfielder Wil Myers about the
team's recent slide. "We had the best July in all of baseball, one of the best
July's of all-time. We've just hit a little skid right here, but we're looking
forward to getting back at it tomorrow."
Gonzalez smacked his 16th homer of the season in the first inning, a two-run
shot which opened an early Dodgers lead that would only mount in the coming
Greinke worked a walk to start the third and Carl Crawford followed by lacing
a double down the right-field line. Punto then plated both runners with a base
hit through the middle, and with three straight singles to begin the fourth,
the Dodgers took a 5-0 lead on Ellis' sac fly.
The Rays had chances off Greinke, but couldn't generate the timely hit. They
were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Once Greinke exited with one out and one on in the seventh, the Rays failed to
generate another hit. J.P. Howell got the final two outs of the inning and
Chris Withrow tossed two perfect frames to secure the win.
The Dodgers have won 14 of their last 19 home contests ... The Rays have lost
six of their last eight ... Tampa third base coach Tom Foley was ejected in
the sixth inning for arguing with home plate umpire Paul Nauert ... Ben
Zobrist had two hits for the Rays.