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Zack Greinke’s scoreless innings streak ends at 45 2/3


Kirk Niewenhuis drew a leadoff hit-by-pitch, Kevin Plawecki singled to right-center, and then Jacob deGrom plated a run with a groundball to first base as the Mets stopped Zack Greinke’s consecutive scoreless innings streak at 45 2/3 in the bottom of the third inning Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson could have made a better play on Plawecki’s ball to right-center and Adrian Gonzalez could have made a better play on deGrom’s grounder to first, but this is baseball. You need a help from your friends to put together any kind of scoreless innings stretch.

Greinke’s streak started on June 13, and he hadn’t allowed a runner to reach third base since June 23.

It’s the sixth-longest consecutive scoreless innings streak of all time and the fourth-longest streak since 1920, behind only Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale, and the MLB record holder Orel Hershiser.

Zack Greinke goes on the paternity list

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke won’t have a chance to extend his scoreless innings streak against the Mets, which seems like an easy task. But he has a good reason for it:

The paternity list thing allows the Dodgers to replace him for three days, after which he’ll presumably and, for the sake of an easy delivery of Greinke Jr., hopefully return.

That would put him on schedule to chase Orel Hershisher’s scoreless innings record against the A’s, at home, on Tuesday.

Clayton Kershaw loses perfect game against Mets in seventh inning, settles for shutout

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 22: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers relaxes in the dugout before the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Kershaw ended up throwing a three-hit shutout as part of a 3-0 victory. He struck out 11 and walked none and needed 104 pitches to go the distance.

While Kershaw still has a while to go to catch up to teammate Zack Greinke, he has now thrown 29 consecutive scoreless innings. He has 38 strikeouts with no walks in 26 innings over his last three starts. His ERA is now down to 2.51 on the year.

8:47 p.m. ET: Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a well-struck single to right field, so the perfect game (and no-hit bid) is over.

8:35 p.m. ET: The no-hitter watch was on from the moment the Mets’ lineup was released this afternoon and so far Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has lived up to the billing and then some.

Kershaw is perfect through six innings tonight against the Mets. The southpaw has been in cruise control throughout, striking out eight batters while throwing 47 out of 62 pitches for strikes. He has gone to a three-ball count just once.

The Dodgers currently hold a 1-0 lead thanks to a solo homer from Jimmy Rollins off Bartolo Colon in the third inning.

Stay tuned to see if Kershaw can make some history tonight at Citi Field.

Zack Greinke likely to have start pushed back for birth of child

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19:  Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch to a Washington Nationals batter in the second inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park on July 19, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Nationals/Getty Images)

Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke extended his scoreless innings streak to 43 2/3 innings against the Nationals last Sunday, but his next start will likely have to wait.

Greinke was scheduled to start against the Mets on Friday at Citi Field, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that he has left the team to be present for the birth of his first child. However, don’t get too excited, Mets fans. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that they are optimistic he’ll be able to pitch at some point this weekend. As of now, it’s unclear who will start any of the next three games for the Dodgers.

Greinke owns a major-league best 1.30 ERA and 117/21 K/BB ratio over 131 1/3 innings this season. His scoreless streak is the longest in the MLB since Orel Hershiser set the all-time record with 59 innings in 1988.