Zack Greinke cruises, Dodgers hit five more homers in 11-3 win

Zack Greinke cruises, Dodgers hit five more homers in 11-3 win
Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke sruck out six in four innings of work Saturday. (Darren Abate / Associated Press)

Guess Zack Greinke is done with that spring pastime of trying new grips on pitches. He looked very serious and settled in on Saturday.

Greinke started in the Homerdome -- or Alamodome as it's quaintly called down in San Antonio -- and was dominating.


The right-hander threw four scoreless innings in the Dodgers’ 11-3, split-squad victory over the Rangers, striking out six, walking one and giving up three hits.

Considering the way the Dodgers launched balls during this two-game trip to Texas, it was all the more impressive. The Dodgers hit five more home runs Saturday -- two by Adrian Gonzalez -- giving them 10 in the two games. Yep, the Alamodome was not constructed for baseball, as the 280-foot depth to the right-field foul pole illustrates.

Justin Turner and Enrique Hernandez also homered, as both had done Friday night in the Alamodome. Then just for fun, Buck Britton added a three-run homer in the eighth.

Juan Nicasio, who had been struggling to find his rhythm, followed Greinke and gave the Dodgers two more scoreless innings, not allowing a baserunner and striking out four. It’s an outing he needed to put together at this point.

Left-hander Ryan Buchter followed with a perfect seventh, striking out two. Then former Dodgers reliever Ramon Troncoso lost the shutout in the eighth when he surrendered a three-run homer to catcher David Lyon.

Right-hander Josh Ravin wrapped it up for the Dodgers by throwing a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit but striking out the side.

The Dodgers managed 17 hits in the game, though minor-leaguer Nate Samson's double was the only hit outside of the five homers that went for extra bases.