By Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - It was one of the few mistakes Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke made all game. And it was costly.

Greinke surrendered a solo homer to Justin Upton with two outs in the eighth inning to give the San Diego Padres a 2-1 win Saturday night.

Greinke, who came in 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA against San Diego in 10 career starts, had pitched well into the eighth inning.

But with two outs, he hung a full-count slider to Upton who homered into the stands in left field for a 2-1 lead.

“It was my first bad slider I threw all day. When you make a mistake to him, he does damage,” Greinke said.

The 2009 Cy Young award winner had allowed just one run and seven hits and had retired the first two batters of the inning before Upton homered.

“He made one mistake and he made it to the guy we shouldn’t have,” catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “He has been the heart of their team all year.”

Upton has an excellent track record against Greinke, hitting .370 (10 for 27) with two home runs.

“Honestly, I don’t know what it is,” Upton said. “I see him pretty decent. He got the best of me for three at-bats. I just happen to get a mistake.”

Upton’s homer was his ninth game-winning RBI this season. He leads San Diego with 13 homers and 39 RBIs.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly challenged the home run, contending a fan may have reached over the wall trying to catch the ball. But the call was upheld in 42 seconds.

Brandon Maurer (4-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 16th save in 17 chances.

Kimbrel allowed a leadoff single to Yasiel Puig before getting Adrian Gonzalez to bounce into a double play and striking out Howie Kendrick.

The loss snapped the Dodgers’ four-game winning streak.

Grandal drove in the Dodgers’ only run with his seventh homer of the season leading off the third to tie the score at 1-all.

The lack of support for Greinke was nothing new for the right-hander. It was the sixth time in seven starts that Greinke has received two or fewer runs of support.

Ian Kennedy matched Greinke through seven innings, allowing one run and four hits with four strikeouts and one walk. After breaking a string of four consecutive defeats with a 9.31 ERA, Kennedy turned in his third straight strong start.

Despite the superb effort, Kennedy is winless in his last 12 starts against the Dodgers, going 0-7.

Matt Kemp put the Padres ahead in the first with a two-out, RBI single that scored Will Venable, who had doubled.


Greinke is 22-3 against NL West opponents with a 2.07 ERA since joining the Dodgers.


Saturday night’s attendance of 43,525 was the Padres’ eighth sellout of the season at Petco Park, and the fourth with the Dodgers in town. In Los Angeles’ only other appearance here this season, the teams drew 127, 987, the third highest-total for a three-game series at Petco.


San Diego’s Yonder Alonso, who has started 339 games at first base in the course of six seasons, made only his second career start at third base. When the left-handed swinging Joc Pederson led off the game, San Diego employed a shift on the right side of the infield and had Alonso stationed on the grass in short right field. Ironically, Alonso’s brother-in-law is Baltimore’s smooth-fielding third baseman Manny Machado.


Dodgers: LHP Paco Rodriguez (left elbow strain) will begin a rehab assignment on Monday with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. … RHP Brandon League (right shoulder impingement) will make his third rehab appearance on Monday or Tuesday. … INF/OF Scott Van Slyke (back inflammation) is scheduled to play the next three straight days for Rancho Cucamonga.

Padres: In his first start in more than three years, LHP Corey Luebke threw 14 pitches in one scoreless inning Saturday night for Single-A Lake Elsinore. Luebke, who has undergone two Tommy John operations, pitched for the first time since April 2012. … RHP Josh Johnson (Tommy John surgery) will throw a simulated game in San Diego on Monday.


Dodgers: RHP Mike Bolsinger (4-1, 2.08 ERA) has been tough on all opponents this season, including San Diego. In his only start against the Padres, the righty limited them to one hit with eight strikeouts in eight scoreless innings of a 2-0 win on May 23.

Padres: RHP James Shields (7-0, 3.79) remains the only pitcher in the majors who has at least five wins and 10 or more starts with a loss. The 7-0 start is a personal best for Shields.

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