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.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.