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Snake Bytes 8/10: For One Out More

In a tight game with a playoff feel, the Dodgers score two runs in the 7th off Zack Greinke and hold on to win the game.

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Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 2

Zack Greinke pitched a great game until he couldn’t get the final out in the 7th inning. This is the type of game we can expect in the playoffs, but hopefully with a different outcome. The D-backs fell behind a run before Goldy tied it up with a beautiful HR to center. This was followed by an RBI single by J.D. Martinez for the lead. It was looking fine as Greinke cruised along. But he gave up 2 runs with 2 outs in the 7th that sealed it for his first loss at home this year.

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Zack was not happy with his pitch to Joc Pederson in the 7th inning that tied the game. Joc had been mired in a prolonged slump before his double that set up the game winning RBI single by Puig. Greinke said he felt good and his pitch-count was fine, but this is not the first time this season he has given up critical runs late in the game.

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