LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Greinke completed his first regular season for Los Angeles Dodgers with the kind of outing that has been pretty much routine since he came off the disabled list back in May.
Greinke allowed a run and four hits through six innings Saturday night for the NL West champions in a 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies, striking out seven without a walk.
The only run came on fourth-inning doubles by Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado.
Greinke (15-4) lost for the first time in eight decisions since July 25 and finished with a 2.63 ERA in 28 starts. He is scheduled to start Game 2 of the NL division series after Clayton Kershaw pitches the opener.
"He's given us that 1-2 punch," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's given us two guys that, when they take the ball, you know you've got a pretty good chance of winning. It's been pretty much quality start after quality start. That's just confidence for our club. That's two guys we know are going to get pretty deep into the game."
With Andre Ethier's status for the playoffs already in doubt because of shin splints, three other high-profile Dodgers outfielders also were missing from the lineup. Left fielder Carl Crawford got a rest and center fielder Matt Kemp was a late scratch because of left ankle soreness.
"I feel OK with it," Mattingly said. "He took BP and was OK with all that. But when he started to get ready for the game, he had trouble getting loose."
"We've been trying to give him as many at-bats as possible without taking it too far. Tonight, I feel, was just being cautious. I wouldn't think there'd be any reason to push him back out there tomorrow," he said.
Rookie Yasiel Puig, who fouled a pitch hard off his left shin and left Friday's game after five innings, pinch-hit in the seventh and struck out.
"He was begging to get out there tonight once Matt couldn't go," Mattingly said. "But I felt like there was no reason for it, being that last second. We didn't know about Matt till five minutes before the game."
Juan Nicasio (9-9) allowed three hits over 5 1-3 innings and struck out seven while winning for the first time since Aug. 26 against San Francisco. The last time the 27-year-old right-hander faced the Dodgers on July 12 in Los Angeles, he outpitched Kershaw with seven scoreless innings for the victory.
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