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Dodgers, Zack Greinke get their work in during a 1-0 win over Padres

September 22, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke gave up only two hits in five innings against the Padres on Sunday.
Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke gave up only two hits in five innings… (Lenny Ignelzi / Associated…)

Seems this getting-your-work-in business suits the Dodgers just fine, unless you long for some kind of offensive outburst.

They Dodgers played the players they wanted Sunday, including shortstop Hanley Ramirez, got the work they wanted from their staff and left San Diego with a 1-0 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

The Dodgers managed only four hits on the lazy day, which still doubled what the Padres pulled off.

Right-hander Zack Greinke started, got his work in, shut down the Padres and then called it a day after five quick, scoreless innings. For Greinke and the Dodgers, it was just like they designed it.

Even Andre Ethier (foot) made his first appearance in nine games, though it was quick, striking out on three pitches in the ninth inning.

Greinke seemed to clearly understand the warmup aspects to his start. In his five innings, he gave up only two hits and a walk while striking out three. He threw 72 pitches, 46 for strikes. He figures to have one more start before the postseason.

Greinke was matched by the Padres’ budding ace, Andrew Cashner, who held the Dodgers scoreless through six innings and looked like someone to fear in coming seasons.

But the Dodgers finally scratched a run together off Cashner in the seventh inning after former Padre Adrian Gonzalez singled. With two outs, Michael Young hit a drive to right field that Will Venable got a lousy jump on, then seemed to lose in the sun as it landed beyond his grasp He then fumbled picking up the ball for an error.

All that allowed the less-than-fleet Gonzalez to score from first base and Young to end up at third.

The Dodgers had their 1-0 lead. It was the first run given up by Cashner in 16 innings and it was unearned.

Cashner (10-9) went seven inning, allowing four hits without a walk, while striking out seven.

The victory gave the Dodgers a 90-win season and was the 400th all-time victory over the Padres.

The Dodgers’ bullpen also had a good day’s work, J.P. Howell (4-1), Chris Withrow (two scoreless) and Kenley Jansen completing the Dodgers' 21st shutout -- tops in baseball. Jansen struck out the side to earn his 27th save.

The Dodgers are off Monday, followed by their final six games.

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