LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke has yet to allow more than one run in any start this month, but his May record stayed stuck on 1-1 after the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 3-2 to the Atlanta Braves Wednesday night.
How it happened: Greinke and young lefty Alex Wood pretty much canceled each other out with strong pitching performances and the game was decided by the bullpens. Atlanta scored the go-ahead run on an Adam Liberatore wild pitch and then Nick Markakis hit a well-placed double down the left field line to drive in another run.
The Dodgers aren’t exactly wasting Greinke’s dominant pitching these days. They’re just not scoring often enough to get him wins. Greinke has a 1.35 ERA in his last four starts without a victory. On the other hand, the Dodgers have won seven of his 10 starts this season. Greinke struck out nine Braves and held them to just three hits, but a long first inning drove his pitch count up and he was only able to last six innings. Getting length from their starters continues to be a problem for the Dodgers. Greinke has yet to last as long as eight innings in a start this season, which has otherwise been dominant. Greinke brushed Cameron Maybin back with an up-and-in fastball right before Maybin hit a solo home run to left to make it 1-0 Atlanta. The Dodgers answered quickly on Justin Turner's grounder off Jace Peterson's glove that scored Jimmy Rollins from second.
What it means: The Dodgers could have used the sweep and a good head of steam going into what figures to be a challenging road trip.
Notable: Juan Uribe got a warm ovation from the fans and his former teammates before the game and when he was introduced for his first-inning at-bat. But it was a forgettable game for Uribe, who was traded from the Dodgers along with reliever Chris Withrow earlier in the day for Alberto Callaspo and minor-leaguers. Uribe went 0-for-3 with a couple of strikeouts and dropped a Rollins chopper early in the game and an A.J. Ellis double-play ball in the ninth ... Greinke isn’t your average pitcher. He’s a Gold Glover and he enjoys hitting and running as well. He dribbled an infield single to Uribe in the fifth inning and stole second base. At that point, he was just the second Dodgers hitter to reach scoring position off Wood.
Up next: The Dodgers are off Thursday as they travel to St. Louis for their biggest test yet this season: Three games against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs two years running and has the best record in baseball.