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Dodgers handle Twins, pick up franchise's 10,000th victory

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Zack Greinke added to his century-best run on a historic night for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Greinke pitched six strong innings, Juan Uribe had two RBI and the Dodgers earned their 10,000th victory in franchise history, 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

Greinke (5-0) struck out six and didn't allow an earned run through drizzling rain and temperatures that dipped into the 30s. He now has gone 18 straight regular-season starts of at least five innings while allowing two runs or fewer, the longest run since 1914.

He also has opened a season with wins in five consecutive decisions for the first time since he was 6-0 in his AL Cy Young Award season of 2009.

"My stuff was a lot better then," Greinke said. "I'm locating better, being smarter. I've gotten a lot of help here, nice defensive plays."

The Dodgers join the Giants, Cubs and Braves as the only franchises to win 10,000 games.

Manager Don Mattingly has been around for 275 of those victories. The laid-back former Yankee quipped that he might even keep a souvenir ball from this milestone victory.

"If I can get one, it wouldn't be bad to have one," Mattingly said. "It feels pretty good."

With the bases loaded and the Twins trailing 5-1 in the seventh, reliever Chris Withrow got Trevor Plouffe to pop out to shortstop on a 3-0 pitch to end the threat.

Plouffe's two-run double in the ninth made it 6-4, but Kenley Jansen retired Chris Colabello to earn his 10th save in 12 chances.

"That's why he's here. A chance for him," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said about Plouffe getting the green light on 3-0. "Get him in a fastball situation like that, that's what we want to see, and he took a rip."

Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig each added two hits and an RBI.

Eduardo Escobar had a career-high four hits and two RBI for the Twins.

It rained most of the day on Wednesday and a tarp covered the pitcher's mound and batter's box at Target Field 15 minutes before first pitch.

"It was a good game for us, a little bit of weather," Mattingly said. "You didn't hear any complaining. Guys were ready to play."

Greinke wasn't fazed, and won his 12th game in 17 starts since Aug. 5. The right-hander has pitched at least five innings and allowed two runs or fewer in 18 consecutive regular-season starts.

With Minnesota up 1-0, Drew Butera slid headfirst and touched home just ahead of Kurt Suzuki's tag after Hanley Ramierz singled to left in the third.

Manager Ron Gardenhire challenged the safe call by home plate umpire Chris Segal, but lost after the call was confirmed following a 2-minute replay review.

Uribe's two-run single made it 5-1 in the seventh.

Minnesota advanced a runner at least to second base six times against Greinke, but couldn't break through beyond Escobar's double.

Greinke had been 0-3 with a 5.63 ERA at Target Field entering Wednesday.

"I thought we made him work really hard tonight," Gardenhire said. "But he's a competitor. He always seems to find a way to get deep in the game and he makes pitches when he has to."

Kyle Gibson (3-2) allowed five runs in 6 2/3 innings and lost his second successive start after beginning the season 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA.

Twins second baseman Brian Dozier did his best to help Gibson. When Gonzalez's grounder to first took a bad hop and ricocheted of Joe Mauer's shoulder, Dozier hustled over, dove, and scooped the ball to Gibson with his glove for the out.

Tuesday's series opener was postponed due to wintry weather and the two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Thursday.


Dan Haren (3-0, 2.03 ERA) will start the first game of Thursday's doubleheader for the Dodgers. Mattingly said Red Patterson will "probably" be called up as the 26th man to start the night game. ... Mike Pelfrey (0-2, 7.32) will start the first game for Minnesota and Kris Johnson will make his major league debut in the nightcap. ... Injured ace Clayton Kershaw makes his second minor league rehab start on Wednesday. If all goes well, Mattingly said Kershaw could rejoin the rotation later this week. ... The Target Field scoreboard displayed the score of Game 7 between the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche in the NHL playoffs.

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On another chilly night in Minnesota, Yasiel Puig hits a double in the seventh inning.  (USATSI)
On another chilly night in Minnesota, Yasiel Puig hits a double in the seventh inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

Y. Puig
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0

E. Escobar
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0

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Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
Dee Gordon, 2B5110001 .344
Yasiel Puig, RF4221102 .276
Hanley Ramirez, SS5011002 .276
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5021002 .317
Matt Kemp, CF3110201 .225
Andre Ethier, DH4121114 .227
Juan Uribe, 3B5012004 .305
Drew Butera, C5120012 .231
Carl Crawford, LF4000001 .194
Zack Greinke, P0000000 .200
   J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
   Chris Withrow, P0000000 .000
   Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   Paco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
2B - Dee Gordon (5, Duensing), Adrian Gonzalez (9, Gibson), Andre Ethier (1, Gibson)
RBI - Yasiel Puig (15), Hanley Ramirez (11), Adrian Gonzalez (24), Andre Ethier (14), Juan Uribe 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (3), Adrian Gonzalez (6), Andre Ethier (5), Juan Uribe 2 (7)
Team LOB - 11
Outfield Assists - Matt Kemp 1
PB - Drew Butera (2)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
Zack Greinke (W,5-0) 6710160 2.04
J.P. Howell 0.2100120 2.53
Chris Withrow (H,4) 0.1000000 0.71
Brian Wilson 1000020 12.00
Paco Rodriguez 0.2333010 7.11
Kenley Jansen (S,10) 0.1100000 3.14
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 110-77, J.P. Howell 18-8, Chris Withrow 4-1, Brian Wilson 15-9, Paco Rodriguez 29-17, Kenley Jansen 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 4-7, Brian Wilson 1-0, Paco Rodriguez 1-0, Kenley Jansen 1-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 25, J.P. Howell 4, Chris Withrow 1, Brian Wilson 3, Paco Rodriguez 5, Kenley Jansen 2
Minnesota Twins
Brian Dozier, 2B5110022 .216
Joe Mauer, 1B4020123 .276
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5012026 .304
Chris Colabello, RF4000112 .295
Jason Kubel, LF4000012 .288
Josmil Pinto, DH4120020 .246
Kurt Suzuki, C4010002 .302
Sam Fuld, CF4110013 .294
Eduardo Escobar, SS4142000 .345
Kyle Gibson, P0000000 .000
   Michael Tonkin, P0000000 .000
   Brian Duensing, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Swarzak, P0000000 .000
2B - Joe Mauer (3, Greinke), Trevor Plouffe (11, Jansen), Kurt Suzuki (4, Greinke), Sam Fuld (5, Rodriguez), Eduardo Escobar (2, Greinke)
RBI - Trevor Plouffe 2 (19), Eduardo Escobar 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Trevor Plouffe 2 (5), Eduardo Escobar (2)
Team LOB - 9
E - Eduardo Escobar (1, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Kyle Gibson (L,3-2) 6.2955320 4.34
Michael Tonkin 0.1100000 1.29
Brian Duensing 1211000 0.84
Anthony Swarzak 1000100 5.14
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Gibson 101-59, Michael Tonkin 5-3, Brian Duensing 20-12, Anthony Swarzak 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Gibson 13-6, Anthony Swarzak 1-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Gibson 33, Michael Tonkin 2, Brian Duensing 5, Anthony Swarzak 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24588
Game Time - 3:38
Temperature - 44
Umpires - Home - Chris Segal, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Tim Welke