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Zack Greinke ties MLB record with 21st straight start of 2 ER or fewer

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Zack Greinke tied a MLB record on Friday.
Zack Greinke tied a MLB record on Friday. (USATSI)

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The Dodgers blew out the Diamondbacks by the score of 7-0 on Friday night, thanks in part to right-hander Zack Greinke. He went 2-for-4 at the plate and also threw eight shutout innings.

The start was Greinke's 21st straight with two earned runs or fewer, tying Rogers Clemen's major-league record. Clemens did it from July 1990 through May 1991. Here is how their two streaks compare:

1Zack Greinke2013-07-302014-05-162114200133.0106272627134111.76
2Roger Clemens1990-07-031991-05-132115375162.212124193215511.05
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With all due respect to Greinke, Clemens was much more dominant during his streak, especially considering he did it in the DH league and pitching his home games in hitter friendly Fenway Park.

Greinke's streak, however, is the longest in baseball history with two runs allowed or less, regardless of whether they were earned or unearned. He tied that record last month and has since smashed it. Ferdie Schupp had the previous record with 16 such starts.

The last time Greinke allowed more than two runs in a start was last July 25, when the Reds got to him for four runs in seven innings. In case you're wondering, the all-time record for consecutive starts with three or fewer runs is 26 by Chris Short for the 1967-68 Phillies.

Since signing with the Dodgers prior to last season, the 30-year-old Greinke is 22-5 with a 2.49 ERA in 231 innings.

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