Home is where the Dodgers win
MAY 17, 2014 2:43a ET
With right-hander Zack Greinke continuing his historic stretch, the Dodgers won their sixth straight road game against the D-backs this season, this time by a score of 7-0, on Elvis Night at Chase Field on Friday.
Australia, Chase Field or Graceland West, it has not mattered.
The Dodgers have not trailed in their 54 innings against the Diamondbacks in either Sydney or here and have outscored the D-backs 39-17. Arizona's only victory in the nine games between the two so far came in Los Angeles on April 18, when Aaron Hill hit a two-run single in the 12th inning of a 4-2 win.
"We are on a bad roll here," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
"They got us covered again tonight. We will think about some answers and try to come out and play better tomorrow. They have outplayed us, outpitched us. The guy that beat us tonight has his best stuff going this year."
The Diamondbacks (16-28), losers of three of their last four, could use the kind of flip-flip the Dodgers pulled on them last year. The D-backs won seven of their first nine meetings between the two before the brawl that started when Ian Kennedy hit Zack Greinke with a pitch. The Dodgers won seven of the last 10 meeting and celebrated their NL West-clinching victory here Sept. 19 with a dip in the Chase Field pool.
"They turned it around, so that's what we are aiming to do," Gibson said.
"We kicked their ass early. The first nine, 10 games, we beat them up. After that, they played well against us and they beat us. They are on a roll right now, so we have to play better, pitch better."
The Dodgers (23-20) are 8-1 against the D-backs this season and 15-19 against everyone else. The Diamondbacks are 15-20 against the rest of the league.
Greinke gave up five singles and two walks in eight innings, and he was helped by three double plays. The D-backs did not get a runner to third base until two outs in the ninth inning off reliever Brian Wilson, and they had two men on base in only one inning, the second.
Aaron Hill singled and A.J. Pollock walked to open the second, but Greinke got a popout on a bunt by Chris Owings and then induced his first double play to end the inning.
Wade Miley gave up four runs in six innings, including bases-empty home runs by Yasiel Puig in the third inning and Scott Van Slyke in the fifth. In the same way Paul Goldschmidt seems to do whatever he wants against Giants starter Tim Lincecum, Van Slyke has had that kind of success against Miley.
Van Slyke, who also doubled and scored in a two-run fourth inning, hit his home run high off the batter's eye in center field to lead off the sixth. ESPN Stats and Info estimated the length at 454 feet.
"It's getting ridiculous," said Miley (3-4). "He is on me right now, but at the same time I am not I making good pitches to him at all. There are guys that own you, and you make good pitches and they hit you. Mark Ellis owns me. You make good pitches to him and he gets hits. I am just not making good pitches to Van Slyke. The pitches he is hitting he is supposed to hit."
Puig, still greeted by a chorus of boos for every at-bat, had three hits and finished a triple short of the cycle. He extended his hitting streak to a career-long 15 games.
"He's been getting better all the time," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It's kind of what we feel like he can be. He's getting closer to becoming that player that has a chance to be a huge impact."
DID YOU NOTICE?
Wade Miley has given up 10 home runs this season, tied with Brewers starter Marco Estrada for the most in the NL. The stat is a little skewed, however, since Miley has started one more game than than anyone else in the league because of the Australia trip.
STAT OF THE GAME
21 -- consecutive starts with two earned runs or fewer allowed by Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke, the best run in the majors since 1914, as far as records are kept.
-- Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is among the handful of Dodgers who do not mind seeing Chase Field on the schedule. Ramirez, who had an RBI double in the eighth inning to drive in the final fun of the game, is 16 for 37 (.432) with 12 RBI in nine games here since the start of the 2013 season.
-- The D-backs have been shut out five times this season, twice by the Dodgers. Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched the first seven innings of a 6-0 victory at Chase Field on April 11.
-- D-backs reliever Joe Thatcher did not get into the game Friday, but when he does, the Dodgers are in trouble. Thatcher has made 34 straight appearances against the Dodgers without having allowed an earned run since July 5, 2009. The left-hander has given up one unearned run in his last 20 innings against them.
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who will start Saturday, has nine strikeouts and no walks in each of his two starts since coming off the disabled list, joining Dazzy Vance as the only Dodgers since 1914 with at least nine strikeouts and no walks in consecutive starts. Vance did it on Sept. 11 and 16, 1930. Saturday starters Kershaw and Chase Anderson graduated high school in the Dallas area in 2006 and were scheduled to play on the same summer league team until Kershaw signed with the Dodgers.