Zack Greinke out-duels Max Scherzer, runs his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 43 2/3

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The battle of leading Cy Young Award candidates Sunday afternoon in the nation’s capital went 5-0 to the Dodgers and right-hander Zack Greinke.

Greinke allowed just three hits and one walk over eight scoreless innings against the Nationals, striking out a season-high 11 batters before getting lifted for pinch-hitter Justin Turner with a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth. Nationals ace Max Scherzer pitched well but not quite well enough, yielding a run in the top of the fourth inning on a wild pitch and seven total Dodgers hits. He did strike out eight.

Greinke has now gone 43 2/3 straight scoreless innings, the longest such streak in Major League Baseball since Orel Hershiser set the record with 59 scoreless frames in 1988. Greinke, now with a 1.30 ERA on the season, gets the light-hitting Mets next.

That opt-out clause in his contract is looking better and better with each passing week.