LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies managed only one hit through eight innings against Zack Greinke, who retired his last 21 batters after giving up a single to Ryan Howard leading off the second.
The team with baseball’s worst record got one more hit in its 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night, a two-out single in the ninth by Ben Revere against Joel Peralta. It was the Phillies’ 10th shutout loss this season. They are 30 games under .500 before the All-Star break for the first time since 1997.
Greinke struck out eight and walked none, a night after Clayton Kershaw struck out 13 for the Dodgers in an eight-hit shutout.
“It was all Greinke,” Philadelphia interim manager Pete Mackanin said. “He was more impressive than the guy last night. Our guys competed, but it’s tough when you face a guy like that.”
Rookie right-hander Severino Gonzalez (3-3) gave up four runs and five hits through 5 2-3 innings in his seventh major league start. Gonzalez has yielded 27 earned runs and 44 hits in 30 2-3 innings.
Jimmy Rollins was 5 for 15 with a homer and five RBIs in his first series against Philadelphia. He spent his first 15 seasons with the Phillies and left as their career hits leader when the Dodgers traded for him in December. The three-time All-Star shortstop was the 2007 NL MVP, a year before he helped the Phillies win their first World Series title since 1980.
“They were just games. I didn’t enjoy it any more than any other series,” Rollins said. “Everybody wants there to be a lot made of that being my former team, but they were trying to get me out and I was trying to get hits. We were trying to win, and we were able to do that.”
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal felt the series meant a little more to Rollins than he was letting on. Rollins hit a tiebreaking, two-run single Monday night, then a three-run homer Wednesday.
“I’m pretty sure he was playing with a little bit more intensity against the Phillies, just like everybody else does against their former team,” Grandal said. “Before the series started, I asked him: ‘Are you nervous or anxious about playing your old team?’ And he said: ‘Not really. The past is the past, and I’m here now.’
“He obviously had really good times in Philadelphia, but he knows he’s a Dodger now,” Grandal added. “We’re just looking for him to turn it up, and I think this series kind of showed a little bit of that.”
Rollins is hitting .214 with eight homers and 29 RBIs in 83 games.
“I’m feeling better at the plate,” he said. “I mean, there’s still times where you take swings and you’re like, ‘What the heck was that?’ But I have an idea and a plan and I’m sticking with it. I’ve been able to have success of late. Obviously, the last four games have been pretty good.”
Greinke’s last five starts have been flawless. He extended his career-high scoreless streak to 35 2-3 innings while lowering his major league-best ERA to 1.39. It was the right-hander’s last outing before heading to Cincinnati for his third All-Star Game — and Greinke made a strong case to be the National League starter next Tuesday.
Greinke (8-2) hasn’t allowed a run since June 13 at San Diego, when Justin Upton hit a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning to help the Padres beat him 2-1. His longest scoreless streak prior to this season was 24 innings in April 2009 with Kansas City, when he won the AL Cy Young Award.
“He’s hitting his spots — and when he misses, it’s just barely,” Rollins said. “Once he gets ahead of the hitters, he wants to put them away.”
Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and Yasiel Puig ended an RBI drought of 51 at-bats with a two-run homer and two-run double for the NL West leaders. Los Angeles took three of four from the Phillies and extended its division lead to 5 1/2 games over the idle Giants and Diamondbacks.
Phillies relievers Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman were escorted to the press box by a club official before batting practice so they could meet and chat with Vin Scully. The Hall of Fame broadcaster’s first season with the Dodgers was 1950 — when Philadelphia’s “Whiz Kids” won the team’s first pennant in 35 years by beating the Dodgers on the final day of the season at Ebbets Field on Dick Sisler’s 10th-inning homer off Don Newcombe.
Phillies: A matchup of World Series MVPs — LHP Cole Hamels (2008) and LHP Madison Bumgarner (2014) — will serve as the opening act Friday night in a three-game series at San Francisco. Hamels (5-6) is 0-3 with a 3.03 ERA over his last seven starts after winning four in a row.
Dodgers: RHP Mike Bolsinger (4-3) starts Friday night’s series opener against Milwaukee.
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