Pitching seven innings and earning his first victory of the month in the
"Hopefully, that's how it stays," Greinke said.
Greinke was originally scheduled to pitch two days earlier against the
Greinke was unusually upbeat about his performance, considering he served up two home runs that resulted in four runs for the visitors.
"I thought I pitched really well," he said.
He also downplayed Manager
"I think I'm fine," Greinke said. "I'm pretty confident I'll be fine tomorrow."
That would come as a significant relief to the Dodgers, who have already moved journeyman
The team would like for Greinke's comeback to be start of a trend. They are expected to get back another key player Sunday for the final game of the three-game series at Dodger Stadium, as shortstop
"If he's good to go, I plan on playing him," Mattingly said.
The returns of Greinke and Ramirez could offer the Dodgers a chance to further extend their lead over the second-place
While Greinke was far from his best Saturday night, he offered reasons for the Dodgers to be encouraged.
"If you didn't know anything, nobody would have even mentioned anything," Mattingly said.
Greinke (13-8) threw 105 pitches over seven innings. Of the four runs he gave up, three were earned. He gave up nine hits, struck out four and walked one.
The win was his first since July 25 and only the second in his last eight starts.
Greinke appeared to have no trouble warming up, as he threw 12 pitches in a scoreless first inning, all of them fastballs and all between 91-94 mph.
He was also able to pitch out of early trouble. With
The Mets took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning on a three-run home run by
But Greinke wasn't particularly upset with himself for the home runs, saying Lagares and Duda hit well-placed pitches.
Greinke pitched his way out of a jam in the seventh inning to preserve a 5-4 lead. With one out and pinch-runner
The Dodgers scored two runs in the bottom of the inning for a three-run cushion, and the bullpen took it from there.