Zack Greinke wins ERA crown, clinches NLDS home-field advantage for LA

Greinke, Dodgers edge Padres

Zack Greinke strikes out eight batters over eight innings to lead the Dodgers past the Padres 2-1.

LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke not only guaranteed the Los Angeles Dodgers would open the NL Division Series at home. He made sure his first postseason start this year would be at Dodger Stadium as well. Greinke (19-3) allowed one run in eight innings Saturday night as the Dodgers beat the visiting San Diego Padres 2-1 to clinch home-field advantage for League Division Series. Greinke, who secured his second MLB ERA title along the way, will likely start Game 2 against the New York Mets on Saturday night.

“Pitching at home, you’re just always a little bit more comfortable,” Greinke said after the game.

Greinke is 29-5 in his career at Dodger Stadium. He's 10-1 this season, his only loss coming in May. His 1.66 overall ERA this season is the lowest in the majors since Greg Maddux notched a 1.63 ERA in 1995.

Greinke, who won the AL Cy Young Award with the Kansas City Royals in 2009, said this has likely been the most consistent season of his 12-year career.

“I made pitches better than any year before,” he said. “I feel like the last three years have been pretty consistent, but this year is probably a little better.”

As far as Saturday night, it was par for the course.

“It was kind of typical Zack,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Anytime he got into a little bit of a jam, he got out of it.”