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Greinke dominates as Dodgers beat Diamondbacks 6-1

Tuesday - 7/9/2013, 1:56am  ET

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning during a baseball game on Monday, July 8, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer

PHOENIX (AP) -- Zack Greinke confessed to a tiny bit of added motivation in facing the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After all, the last time he faced them, the game erupted into a bench-clearing brawl that resulted in eight suspensions.

"I might want to win a little more," he said. "That's also because they're in first place, so it's a big game because of that."

Whatever the reason, Greinke dominated the Diamondbacks, giving up two hits in seven scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped Arizona's five-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory.

"This is probably maybe the second time he's had this kind of stuff," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Hopefully we're trending toward this more consistently."

Greinke (7-2) struck out seven and walked two. He also had a career-high three hits.

"That is how he won a Cy Young right there," said Arizona's Jason Kubel, who with Minnesota saw Greinke a lot when the pitcher was with Kansas City.

"He has great stuff and he swung the bat well, too. He throws hard. He throws that hard slider and it is hard to pick up until it is too late and his location is big for him. He had it going."

Greinke has won four in a row but he hasn't exactly been electric recently. In his previous start against Colorado, he allowed five runs and six hits and walked seven in six innings. That prompted some work to alter his mechanics.

"It's got to be more consistent," he said. "Today was good but it can't just be one game and then a couple of OK games and then a bad game and then a good game."

Greinke was 0-2 with an 8.71 ERA in four previous starts at Chase Field.

"I've pitched really bad here," he said, "some of my worst games ever at this place, so that was nice."

Hanley Ramirez singled three times to extend his career-best hitting streak to 19 games and was one of five Dodgers with an RBI.

Los Angeles, winners of 13 of 16, tied its season high with 17 hits -- 16 of them singles. Andre Ethier had three hits and A.J. Ellis drove in two runs as the Dodgers pulled within 3
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