LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Greinke scattered six hits through 6 1-3 innings, Adrian Gonzalez homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Tampa Bay 5-0 Saturday despite the Rays’ hidden ball trick.
Skip Schumaker added four hits for the NL West leaders. Tampa Bay lost its fourth straight, matching their longest skid this year.
Most everything went well for the Dodgers, except when Tampa Bay got tricky. Rays third baseman Evan Longoria tagged out an unsuspecting Juan Uribe when he lifted his foot off the bag while chatting with coach Tim Wallach in the fourth inning.
The rarely seen play occurred after A.J. Ellis hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, with all three runners moving up as center fielder Wil Myers threw toward the plate.
First baseman James Loney wound up with the ball behind the mound. He flipped it to shortstop Yunel Escobar, who then quickly tossed the ball to Longoria while no one seemed to be looking.
Longoria stood behind Uribe and waited for the right moment to trap him. Umpire Angel Hernandez was right on the play, watching the whole time, and made the out call.
Greinke (10-3) struck out seven and walked one. The 2009 AL Cy Young winner is 6-1 with a 2.49 ERA in his 10 home starts.
The Dodgers’ bullpen finished the job, lowering its ERA since the All-Star break to 1.89. Former Rays left-hander J.P. Howell retired both batters he faced in the seventh and rookie Chris Withrow pitched two scoreless innings.
Roberto Hernandez (6-12) gave up five runs and eight hits in four innings. It was the fifth time in eight games that Rays manager Joe Maddon had to replace his starting pitcher before the fifth inning was over. Prior to this stretch, the team got at least five innings from a starter in 32 consecutive games.
Gonzalez ended a 16-game homer drought when he hit his 16th homer, a two-run shot. Gonzalez later added his first steal of the season.
Nick Punto had a two-run single in the third.
NOTES: Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig, batting .376 through his first 59 major league games, was intentionally walked his last two times up in front of Andre Ethier. … The Dodgers have won 15 of Greinke’s 19 starts. He has a 1.66 ERA over his last seven outings. … Tampa Bay has committed just seven errors in its last 44 games, including closer Fernando Rodney’s game-ending throwing miscue in the ninth inning Friday night. … Tampa Bay RHP Jamey Wright, who made 66 relief appearances for the Dodgers last year, has played more seasons in the majors (18) than any active player who hasn’t been to the postseason. The Rays are his 10th big league club.