Sighs of relief were exhaled around the visiting clubhouse at
In the fifth inning of the 7-4 win,
"It's nice to get that out of the way," Pederson said.
Whereas the home-run hitters viewed the game as the start of new stages of their seasons — or, in the cases of Pederson and Guerrero, their careers — starting pitcher
For the second time this season, Greinke was caught by newcomer
"From the beginning, there haven't been any rough patches at all," Greinke said. "It worked really good today, but it's almost expected."
Greinke compared his working relationship with Grandal to that with
"The same thing when I was throwing to A.J.," Greinke said. "With Grandal, every time I've thrown to him, we've worked well together."
This wasn't entirely expected. When Grandal was acquired from the
"It's kind of interesting because of that," Greinke said. "You're paying attention to see what it's going to be like. But, like I said, it's been great. There was a little bit of a rumor, but he hasn't shown anything but positives, not just to me. Every one of our pitchers has been impressed with him."
Grandal was pleased to hear of Greinke's early reviews.
"It kind of feels like I'm doing my job right," Grandal said. "That's what I want to do when you have a pitching staff like the one we have. It definitely feels good to know the pitchers are behind you."
Greinke was virtually unhittable on this day, as he shut down the same Diamondbacks team that scored six runs against Clayton Kershaw the previous night.
Greinke (1-0) gave up five hits and no walks. He struck out seven and lowered his earned-run average to 0.69.
Greinke's dominance provided a comfortable environment for Puig, Pederson and Guerrero to have breakout games.
Puig was two for 17 with six strikeouts in the Dodgers' first four games and was benched in the fifth.
In the first inning of the game Sunday, Puig flied out. In the third, he walked. In the fifth, he sent an offering from Diamondbacks starter
Puig, who was one for five, wasn't ready to declare his slump was over.
"I'm still trying to improve my swing," he said in Spanish. "We'll see what happens."
Pederson's home run came an inning later. Like Puig, Pederson entered the game in an offensive funk.
Pederson finished the day a triple short of the cycle, raising his average from .176 to .286.
Of his solo home run in the sixth inning, Pederson said, "It was a relief, you know?"
Guerrero also was a triple short of the cycle, his home run coming in the ninth inning.
Guerrero started at third base only because
He didn't appear in a game until Saturday, when he replaced Uribe at third base.
"It's hard enough for players who play every day," he said. "It's even harder when you barely play."