Greinke was civil in exacting revenge against the team that threw at him last month, shutting down the Diamondbacks and leading the
"I think the best way to get payback is to do what he did," first baseman
Asked if he pitched with heightened emotions because of what happened in his previous encounter against this team, Greinke acknowledged, "Might want to win a little more. But that's also because they're in first place."
Limiting the Diamondbacks to two hits over seven scoreless innings, Greinke (7-2) reduced their lead over the Dodgers in the
The last time Greinke faced the Diamondbacks, a violent brawl broke out at
"We can't afford to be missing players and they can't afford to be missing players," Mattingly said.
Then again, it could be that vigilante justice was simply deferred. Kennedy, who is the subject of widespread contempt in the Dodgers' clubhouse, will start Tuesday. If the Dodgers decide to do something to him, the task could fall to newcomer
Nolasco said he was informed of the history between the teams but added, "I'm here to get people out."
Greinke no-hit the Diamondbacks for the first three innings. Immediately after he gave up his first hit, to All-Star
"That's kind of the guy we expected," Mattingly said, recalling the Dodgers' thoughts when they signed Greinke to a six-year, $147-million contract over the winter.
Mattingly pointed out that Greinke had a minor elbow injury near the end of
Greinke wasn't particularly receptive to the theory, noting that even though he won his previous start, he was pounded for five runs in five innings in Colorado.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers gradually broke down the Diamondbacks' 23-year-old starter,
Hanley Ramirez extended his career-long hitting streak to 19 games with a single to center in the fourth inning. He moved up on a hit by
Greinke started the Dodgers' rally in the fifth inning, leading off with the first of his three hits.
Gonzalez and Ramirez had run-scoring singles to make it 3-0.