SAN DIEGO (AP) ― Zack Greinke doesn’t have fond memories of his last outing at Petco Park. His return went off without hitch.
Greinke allowed one run in eight sharp innings, Adrian Gonzalez ended a wild Edinson Volquez’s no-hit bid with a homer in the sixth and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 Saturday night.
In his first outing in San Diego since breaking his collarbone in a brawl with Carlos Quentin April 11, Greinke had a season-high eight strikeouts. He allowed four hits and only pitched to two batters over the minimum through seven innings in his longest outing of the season.
“When he’s spot on with command, Zack is a fun pitcher to watch,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
“Location is such a big thing with him, and it was clear he was locked in. What you saw today is what we expect from a pitcher of his caliber. Hopefully he can keep going like this and help us turn things around.”
Mattingly hopes the Greinke’s outing inspires his team to play better and live up to its vast potential ― and lift the team out of last place in the NL Central.
Kubel rallies D-backs to victory
PHOENIX (AP) ― Jason Kubel’s legs are feeling better and the Arizona Diamondbacks are reaping the benefits.
Kubel hit a two-run single in the ninth inning to rally the Diamondbacks past Aroldis Chapman and the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.
“It’s just being comfortable,” said Kubel, who missed two weeks this season with a strained left quadriceps. “I’m not searching or cheating on pitches. I finally feel like I have two legs under me and I’m using them now.”
Kubel’s big hit came shortly after Jay Bruce’s second home run of the game gave the Reds a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth.
Paul Goldschmidt lined a leadoff single in the bottom half that deflected off the glove of first baseman Joey Votto and into right field. Chapman (3-3) then issued consecutive walks to Miguel Montero and Cody Ross. With the infield drawn in, Kubel singled over second base for his third career game-ending hit and first since May 22, 2010.
Blue Jays win 10th straight
TORONTO (AP) ― Jose Bautista came up with the perfect response to Darren O’Day’s taunting: a tiebreaking home run.
Bautista hit a two-run shot in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won their 10th consecutive game Saturday, beating the Baltimore Orioles 4-2.
Maicer Izturis hit a solo homer in the fifth for Toronto, on its longest winning streak since a 10-game run late in 2008. The Blue Jays, 14-4 this month, are one victory from matching the franchise record. Toronto had 11-game winning streaks in 1987 and 1998.
“It’s been a great run and hopefully we can continue,” Bautista said.
The Blue Jays (37-36) are above .500 for the first time since last July 29, when they were 51-50.
Cleveland 8, Minnesota 7
Colorado 7, Washington 1
NY Yankees 7, Tampa Bay 5
Chicago White Sox 3, Kansas City 2
Houston 4, Chicago Cubs 3
Philadelphia 8, NY Mets 7
San Francisco 2, Miami 1
Milwaukee 2, Atlanta 0
Detroit 10, Boston 3
Texas 4, St. Louis 2
Pittsburgh 6, LA Angels 1
Seattle 7, Oakland 5