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Zack Greinke leads the Dodgers past the Marlins, 4-1

August 21, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke gave up one run on six hits through eight innings in the Dodgers' 4-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.
Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke gave up one run on six hits through eight… (Lynne Sladky / Associated…)

Calm, the Dodgers can win that way too. All devoid of drama and heroics, not to mention any hint of controversy.

The Dodgers rode the pitching of Zack Greinke and just enough offense to beat Miami, 4-1, Wednesday at Marlins Park.

There were was no Yasiel Puig benching, fine or late-inning home run. There was just something of a routine victory, which the Dodgers would tell you counts exactly the same as those filled with eye-opening dramatics.

BOX SCORE: Dodgers 4, Miami 1

If their offense still appeared somewhat sluggish, the Dodgers had their second consecutive victory and seemed back to their winning ways. It didn’t hurt that the Marlins made three errors.

The Dodgers are 27-5 since the All-Star break and have won 21 of their last 24 games on the road. With their last game against the Marlins on Thursday, they are assured of not losing the four-game series, leaving them unbeaten in their last 18 series (14-0-4).

Greinke (12-3) continued to give the Dodgers true ace material, holding the Marlins to a Giancarlo Stanton home run in the first inning. Otherwise, he was completely in control.

Greinke gave up six hits in eight innings, not walking a batter and striking out seven. The Dodgers have  won 11 of his last 12 starts, Greinke going 9-1 in that stretch with a 2.14 earned-run average. That broken collarbone seems well behind him now.

Greinke received all the runs he would need when the Dodgers scored three times in the fourth inning against Nate Eovaldi, though the Marlins’ miscues helped the cause.

Puig reached first base on third baseman Ed Lucas’ throwing error and Eovaldi walked Adrian Gonzalez. The brought up the man the Dodgers received in trade from the Marlins for Eovaldi, Hanley Ramirez, who made like old times and doubled in Puig.

Andre Ethier singled in Gonzalez. Ethier drew a wild pickoff throw from Eovaldi for an error and Ramirez scored the third run.

Eovaldi pitched seven innings and gave up only one earned run, walked two and struck out five.

The Dodgers scored a run in the eighth inning when Ramirez singled and stole second, Ethier walked and A.J. Ellis’ sacrifice bunt moved them up a base. Jerry Hairston Jr.’s fly to center field was deep enough to drive in Ramirez.

Kenley Jansen, seemingly becoming more automatic by the outing, pitched the ninth inning for his 21st save, helped by Ethier running down the final out at the track in center field.

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