WASHINGTON – Zack Greinke is really piling up the zeros.
Greinke extended his scoreless streak to 43⅔ innings, striking out a season-high 11 through the eighth and leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Washington Nationals 5-0 Sunday.
Greinke's string is the longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the major league record of 59 shutout innings in 1988 with the Dodgers.
"I don't think about it at all. I'm just not making a bunch of mistakes and making good pitches," Greinke said.
Greinke's next start is scheduled for the coming weekend at the New York Mets.
Only Hershiser and Hall of Famers Don Drysdale (58) and Bob Gibson (47) have had longer scoreless spans than Greinke during the post-1960 expansion era. Los Angeles teammate Clayton Kershaw threw 41 shutout innings last year.
Greinke (9-2) leads the big leagues with a 1.30 ERA. He scattered three singles, walked one and threw 119 pitches in eight innings. He also picked a runner off first base.
"Everything but the curveball was working today and (that) was all right," he said.
This was his sixth straight scoreless start, all of them lasting at least six innings.
Max Scherzer, meanwhile, gave up one run in six innings. He left with the loss, and a 2.09 ERA, after the Dodgers won the matchup of division leaders.
Washington first baseman Clint Robinson said facing Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young winner, and Greinke in less than 24 hours wasn't fun. They combined to strike out 25 Nats in 16 innings.
"With those guys, you just have to get them in the strike zone and then, you know, put a good swing on it and hope something good happens," Robinson said. "You can't really go up there sitting on one particular pitch."