- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Zack Greinke did everything he could to get a win for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and their lineup let him down - again.

Greinke pitched six scoreless innings, but Los Angeles lost 1-0 to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night when Chris Denorfia hit a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 10th inning.

“Not scoring runs is always frustrating for sure. I don’t think it matters if Greinke’s on the mound or who’s on the mound,” first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. “Definitely, we want to give every one of our starters run support and give them the victory. These struggles are definitely frustrating, we’ve just got to keep working.”

Greinke allowed three hits and walked two while extending his scoreless streak to 13 innings. The right-hander is 0-2 in his last nine starts despite a 1.79 ERA over that stretch.

“I don’t worry about it and just think our team’s good and by the end of the year, if everyone does their job, we’re going to be all right,” Greinke said.

The Dodgers, who have lost six of eight, have scored a total of four runs in Greinke’s last four starts.

“Zack threw the ball well,” manager Don Mattingly said. “The bullpen did a nice job for us, gave us a lot of chances. That pretty much sums it up.”

Jason Motte (5-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, finishing a three-hitter for Jason Hammel and three relievers. The Cubs’ fourth straight win put them nine games over .500 (39-30) for the first time since they were 57-48 in 2009.

“We don’t quit,” Hammel said. “We’re going to keep coming.”

The Cubs loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th on two singles and a walk. Mattingly then replaced Joel Peralta (1-1) with Kenley Jansen and brought the infield in.

Los Angeles got one out when Addison Russell bounced into a fielder’s choice, with Gonzalez juggling the ball before making a strong throw to the plate. But Denorfia followed with a line drive to center that Joc Pederson brought in on the run, giving him no chance of making a play.

“You have to take things. Nobody gives you anything here,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “You’ve got to take things, so I love the way our guys are going about their business.”

OH BABY

A man holding a baby made a great barehanded catch over the glove of Gonzalez in the second inning, prompting a replay review.

With two outs and none on, Gonzalez chased Hammel’s popup and reached over the rolled-up tarp while trying to make a play, but Keith Hartley, of Chicago, grabbed the ball with his right hand while carrying his 7-month-old son, Isaac, in his left arm.

“I was just feeding him and I saw the ball coming our way and held on to him and made sure I protected him and I stood up and it kind of just fell in my hand,” Hartley said.

Mattingly came out of the dugout and argued for fan interference. While the play was being reviewed, the crowd roared as the sequence was shown again on ballpark’s videoboards.

After a brief delay, the call was reversed and Hammel was ruled out, ending the inning.

“It would have been more impressive if the baby would have caught it,” Gonzalez deadpanned.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Mattingly said Cuban INF Hector Olivera has a mild left hamstring strain and is going to Arizona for treatment. Olivera finalized a $62.5 million, six-year contract with Los Angeles in May and was playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City at the time of the injury.

Cubs: CF Dexter Fowler was out of the starting lineup after he sprained his left ankle in the series opener. He walked as a pinch hitter in the 10th. … LHP Tsuyoshi Wada played catch after he was pulled from Monday night’s 4-2 win due to cramping in the back of his left arm. The team is still hoping he will be able to take his next turn in the rotation Saturday at St. Louis.

UP NEXT

The Cubs send RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-3, 4.28 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday for the third game of the four-game set, while the Dodgers counter with RHP Mike Bolsinger (4-2, 2.87 ERA). Hendricks pitched seven innings in an 8-2 win at Los Angeles on Aug. 1 in his only appearance against the Dodgers. Bolsinger won his only game against the Cubs, pitching into the seventh in a 5-2 victory at Chicago last April.

___

Jay Cohen can be reached at https://www.twitter.com/jcohenap

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide