Greinke’s shutout streak over; Mets top Dodgers 3-2 in 10

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in New York, Sunday, July 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Greinke hit the Mets harder than they hit him. Still, his shutout streak is over.

The right-hander’s masterful string ended at 45 2-3 innings when New York scratched out a run in the third, and the Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Sunday on newcomer Juan Uribe’s game-winning single off the wall in the 10th.

Both runs Greinke allowed came with the help of a hit by pitch. His scoreless streak was the longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the big league record with 59 for the Dodgers in 1988.

“I think everyone appreciates that. Maybe it will get broken. Five years ago or so, I thought that one and (Joe) DiMaggio’s (56-game hitting) streak were the two toughest. But it looks like people are getting closer to the Hershiser one now. So maybe eventually it might happen,” Greinke said.

Yet he acknowledged he won’t miss all the attention generated by his pursuit of Hershiser’s mark.

Jacob deGrom outpitched Greinke in a marquee matchup that lived up to its billing, but Yasmani Grandal hit a tying single in the ninth as Los Angeles erased a two-run deficit against closer Jeurys Familia, who was trying for a four-out save.

Greinke, who leads the majors with a 1.37 ERA, gave up just four singles in seven innings but left trailing 2-0. He had not permitted a run in seven starts since June 13 at San Diego. He did allow a leadoff homer to AL MVP Mike Trout in the All-Star Game on July 14.

Greinke gave up a run in the third on an RBI grounder by deGrom and another in the sixth when rookie Michael Conforto was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Originally scheduled to pitch Friday, Greinke went to Los Angeles to be with his wife Thursday night for the birth of their first child, Bode Nicholas. He rejoined the team this weekend.

“Surprisingly, it wasn’t as distracting as you would think,” Greinke said. “Flying back and forth cross-country wasn’t too bad. I felt strong today. I started off really well and got worse. You would think if there was an effect on me, I would’ve started off bad and gotten better.”

One day after a mild Mets lineup broke loose for 15 runs and 21 hits, this one was a tight duel between NL All-Stars who entered with the two lowest ERAs in the league.

Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom yielded only two singles and struck out eight in 7 2-3 scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.05.

“He’s one of the best guys you’ll see. His stuff plays the whole game,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after his team finished a 5-5 road trip to NL East cities. “He gives us a lot to deal with.”

Curtis Granderson hustled for a leadoff double against Juan Nicasio (1-3) in the 10th. Kenley Jansen relieved with one out and Uribe, acquired late Friday night in a trade with Atlanta, launched an 0-2 pitch off the left-center fence to beat his former team.

Los Angeles traded Uribe to the Braves earlier this season. He entered as a pinch hitter in the eighth.

Jenrry Mejia (1-0) pitched out of trouble in the 10th. With a runner on third, he struck out rookie slugger Joc Pederson and retired Howie Kendrick to keep it tied.

“It doesn’t feel very good. Let myself down, let the team down,” Pederson said.

Neither team managed an extra-base hit until Adrian Gonzalez and ex-Met Justin Turner delivered consecutive doubles with one out in the ninth. Grandal then grounded a sharp single inside third base past a diving Uribe.

Greinke hit Kirk Nieuwenhuis with a pitch leading off the third, and Kevin Plawecki singled. Nieuwenhuis went to third base when Pederson fumbled the ball for an error, putting runners at the corners with none out.

Greinke got ahead 0-2 on deGrom, who hit a bouncer to first base. Gonzalez threw home, where Nieuwenhuis slid in safely.

“I cost a streak for that, so it was a good day overall,” an irritated Pederson said.


Dodgers RHP Carlos Frias (lower back tightness) was scheduled to throw 50 pitches in a rehab outing for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. “From there I think we’re up in the air,” Mattingly said, adding that Frias could return as a starter or reliever when he’s ready. … Scott Van Slyke (stiff neck) came off the bench to play left field in the ninth. The outfielder hit his head on the partition while riding in a taxi that stopped short Saturday, but Mattingly didn’t think Van Slyke did any serious damage to his brain. “Van Slyke — you can’t really tell,” Mattingly joked. … 3B Alex Guerrero (stiff back) entered on defense in the ninth.


After a day off, Dodgers LHP Brett Anderson (5-5, 3.33 ERA) is scheduled to face his former team Tuesday night in an interleague home game against Oakland ace Sonny Gray (10-4, 2.30). Anderson, who leads the majors in groundball percentage (67.1 percent), exited his most recent outing Tuesday at Atlanta in the third inning with an irritated left Achilles tendon. He went 26-29 with a 3.81 ERA for the Athletics from 2009-13.

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