National League Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, May 27th (All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (22-27) at Los Angeles Dodgers (28-24), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Alfredo Simon (6-2, 2.31) Los Angeles - Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.01)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Zack Greinke will try to keep the mound presence going for the Los Angeles Dodgers when they resume a three-game series versus the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday from Chavez Ravine.
Greinke has to follow two superb outings from teammates Josh Beckett and Hyun- Jin Ryu when he makes his 11th start of the season.
Beckett started LA's current pitching trend with a no-hitter Sunday at Philadelphia and retired 23 straight at one point. It was Ryu's turn in Monday's 4-3 win over the Reds and he followed suit by retiring the first 21 batters he faced until Todd Frazier's double in the eighth inning.
Ryu came within six outs of a perfect game and finished with three runs allowed across 7 1/3 innings. The left-hander struck out seven and walked none, and also added an RBI and a run scored. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly believed Ryu running the bases wore him down.
"That long inning hurt him," Mattingly said of Ryu. "It broke the momentum for him. At the end of the night, we got the win."
Kenley Jansen threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for his 15th save.
Carl Crawford's two-run double highlighted a three-run seventh inning and he finished with two hits for the Dodgers, winners in three of four and eight of their last 13 games. The Dodgers will also host Pittsburgh and Chicago (White Sox) on this 10-game homestand.
Greinke will try to pitch Los Angeles to its third straight win and he is 7-1 in 10 starts with a 2.01 earned run average. Greinke is coming off a no- decision in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the New York Mets and he was tagged for three runs -- one earned -- in five innings.
Greinke snapped his streak of 21 straight starts allowing two runs or fewer. However, he has allowed two or fewer earned runs in a record 22 consecutive regular-season starts since July 30, 2013, going 14-2 with a 1.76 earned run average in that time. He surpassed Roger Clemens' mark of 21 from 1990-91.
The right-hander is 3-0 in four home outings and has a 4-1 record to go along with a 2.62 ERA in eight career starts against Cincinnati.
Cincinnati opened a seven-game western swing with Monday's loss at Dodger Stadium and Frazier was able to spoil the show with his hit in the eighth.
Reds ace Johnny Cueto was dealt the loss for surrendering four runs, one of which was earned, and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Cueto was outdueled by Ryu and fell to 4-4 with his second straight loss after winning four straight decisions.
After Frazier doubled to start Cincinnati's late rally, Ryan Ludwick singled and Chris Heisey followed with a sacrifice fly to put the visitors on the board. Brayan Pena then singled and Skip Schumaker walked one out later before Billy Hamilton stroked a two-run double.
The Reds had two runners on base in the ninth, but Devin Mesoraco flied out to end the game.
"Our silver lining was we rallied late," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We have to hang tough. We've played a lot of close games, but unfortunately we've come out on the short end."
Cincinnati has lost three in a row since winning three of four games, and will send Alfredo Simon against Greinke Tuesday night. Simon is 6-2 with a 2.31 earned run average in nine starts and is 5-1 in the past six decisions. He won his second straight start in last Wednesday's 2-1 victory at Washington and delivered seven innings of one-run ball.
Simon struck out six and walked one for the second straight start. He has 14 K's over that span. The right-hander has been strong on the road this season, winning all five assignments, and will make his first career start against the Dodgers. He has allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings of relief (2 games).
LA lost four of seven meetings with the Reds last season. Cincinnati has lost its last two series at Dodger Stadium.
05/27 10:42:17 ET