Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammates after the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 1, 2013
After the Los Angeles Dodgers set a record for the most wins in a month, they started off September with a 2-1 victory and completed the sweep against the San Diego Padres. Zack Greinke earned his sixth straight win, Yasiel Puig hit the game-winning home run and Kenley slammed the door for their fourth straight win.
Greinke lasted seven innings, and gave up two hits, two walks and one run with seven strikeouts. The win was his sixth straight, and lowered his ERA to 2.78.
His two walks both came in the third inning, which by no coincident was the only inning the Padres scored. Reymond Fuentes walked, pitcher Tyson Ross bunted him to second, and he stole third as Will Venable walked. Alexi Amarista had the only hit of the inning, a single to left field, scoring Fuentes for the Padres only run of the game.
The Dodger bats were stunted for most of the game, held to just five hits and one walk in five innings with a total of 10 strikeouts against San Diego's Tyson Ross. They did bring in one run in the third inning, when Carl Crawford doubled with two outs and scored on a Mark Ellis single.
In the sixth inning Dale Thayer replaced Tyson Ross, and gave up a home run to the second batter he faced, Yasiel Puig. Puig blasted it to the left field bleachers on the first pitch of the at bat, for his 14th home run of the season, and seventh on the first pitch.
Puig's homer was the last run of the game, but it looked like the Dodgers might need some more in the eighth as the bullpen ran into some trouble.
Ronald Belisario opened up the eighth inning with a single to Fuentes, who advanced to second base off a wild pitch, and to third on a ground out. With one out, a runner on third and a one-run lead, Paco Rodriguez was brought in to put out the Padres scoring threat.
He handled the situation easily on seven pitches, striking out Will Venable and inducing a come-back ground ball from Chris Denorfia to end the inning. Rodriguez has been outstanding in the past two and a half months, allowing just a single earned run in his last 36 appearances, and stranding 28 of 35 inherited runners.
Kenley Jansen closed out the ninth for his 24th save with another perfect inning and two more strikeouts. He has struck out 10 of his last 12 batters, including eight straight strikeouts.
The Dodgers held San Diego to four runs in the series, and the sweep gave them a 6-3 record on the home stand with an 11.5-game lead in the NL West. They travel to Colorado, and face the Rockies for a day-game on Monday.