Dodgers pinch-hitter Juan Uribe rounds the bases after hitting a go-ahead… (Denis Poroy / Getty Images )
It was only the ninth game of the season, but it figures to be one the Dodgers will remember. And possibly for a very long time.
Following a brawl that erupted in the bottom of the sixth inning, Dodgers starter Zack Greinke left the game.
[Updated at 11:10 p.m.: After the game, the Dodgers said Greinke had a fractured left collarbone and there is no timetable for his return. He will be examined by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Friday.]
The Dodgers ultimately ended up winning the emotional affair at Petco Park, 3-2, on an unlikely pinch-hit home run by beleaguered Juan Uribe.
Greinke was making only his second start for the Dodgers after signing a record $147-million contract in the off-season.
But when he hit Carlos Quentin with a pitch on a full count and the Dodgers leading 2-1, the Padres’ left fielder charged the mound. The two kind of collided with their shoulders like in a football hitting drill, before catcher A.J. Ellis tackled Quientin and took Greinke to the turf with them.
Greinke was smart enough to hit Quentin with his left (non-throwing) shoulder, but after being examined by trainer Sue Falsone, he left the game.
[Update, 11:15 p.m.: A steaming Matt Kemp and Jerry Hairston Jr., however, were ejected along with Quentin. Which had to make the Padres happy. Greinke was not ejected.
To make it worse for the Dodgers, the pinch-runner for Quentin, Alexi Amarista, ended up scoring the tying run. A Chris Capuano wild pitch and run-scoring single by Yonder Alonso made it a 2-2 game.
But the Dodgers took back the lead when Uribe hit his first pinch-hit homer since 2004 as he connected in the eighth inning off reliever Luke Gregerson. It was Uribe’s second home run of the three-game series, which believe it or not, leads the team.
Greinke gave up two runs on five hits and a walk, with four strikeouts, in his five-plus innings.
The Dodgers ended up using six pitchers to secure the victory. Matt Guerrier, who threw one pitch in the seventh inning, picked up his first win. With Brandon League having thrown 34 pitches Wednesday, Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth to earn the save.
The Dodgers, however, continued to struggle at the plate. They left another 12 men on base.
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