Zack Greinke homers, Dodgers demolish the Giants 17-0 at AT&T Park

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The Dodgers leaned on the gas and never took their foot off of the pedal, defeating their division rivals 17-0 to extend their NL West lead to two games. They racked up 24 hits, four walks, and three hit batsmen. One of those 24 hits was a Zack Greinke two-run home run in the sixth inning, which extended the Dodgers’ lead to 13-0 at the time.

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It’s Greinke’s fourth career home run and first as a member of the Dodgers. Oh, and he threw six shutout innings, limiting the Giants to four hits while striking out five and walking none.

The 17-0 shellacking is the worst the Giants have taken at AT&T Park, per Alex Pavlovic. Tim Hudson started, allowed four runs in the first inning, and left after allowing back-to-back singles to start the second inning. Tim Lincecum relived him, and allowed both inherited runners to score along with two of his own, and from there, the Dodgers were an unstoppable force.

Hanley Ramirez finished 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI. Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Carl Crawford also had a three-RBI night, while Yasiel Puig joined the three-hit brigade.

Scott Van Slyke’s seventh-inning two-run home run, which pushed the score to 17-0, scored Dee Gordon and was hit off of Brett Bochy. Thus:

The two clubs will play the rubber match of the series on Sunday afternoon, but they won’t be finished with each other. They’ll meet again for a three game set in Los Angeles starting on the 22nd, the penultimate series of the regular season.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.