PHOENIX (AP) — When the Arizona Diamondbacks play the Los Angeles Dodgers, they go from bad to worse.
The Diamondbacks lost to the Dodgers for the eighth time in nine tries this season, a dominant 7-0 Los Angeles victory on Friday night behind the pitching of Zack Greinke and the hitting of Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke.
"They have outplayed us, outpitched us," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "The guy that beat us tonight has his best stuff going this year."
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly downplayed the dominance.
"There's teams you hit well as a player, you pitch good against," he said. "This is one of those teams we played well against this year. Hopefully that continues."
Greinke (7-1) gave up five hits and struck out six in eight innings, walking two. He also had an RBI double
In his longest outing of the season, he allowed two or fewer runs for the 21st consecutive game, the longest such streak in the majors since at least 1914.
Asked how much he thinks about that he said, "not much, actually"
"It's not like one of the more important streaks," Greinke said. "It's not a real big deal."
Puig had three hits and drove in two runs. He and Van Slyke hit solo homers off Wade Miley (3-4) as the Diamondbacks fell to 4-16 at Chase Field.
Van Slyke does to Miley what the Dodgers do to the Diamondbacks. He is 7 for 16 in his career against the left-hander with four home runs, three this year.
"It's getting ridiculous," Miley said.
Puig, who fell a triple shy of the cycle, extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games.
"I'm trying to get hits and put a swing on good pitches," Puig said to reporters in Spanish. "I wasn't worried hitting for the cycle or anything like that."
Brian Wilson, who entered the game with a 10.22 ERA, pitched the ninth to complete the shutout.
The Diamondbacks have not led in any of their six home games against Los Angeles, two of them in Sydney, Australia, to open the season. Miley gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings, with three walks and three strikeouts.