Dodgers starter Zack Greinke had the deciding hit in Sunday’s 2-1 win against the Reds. He clubbed the second of back-to-back solo home runs with Joc Pederson in the fifth inning against Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani. It’s Greinke’s second home run of the season and the sixth of his career.
Greinke also delivered seven innings of one-run ball, scattering six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. The front-runner for the NL Cy Young Award, the right-hander owns a sterling 1.58 ERA with a 0.86 WHIP and a 150/29 K/BB ratio over 165 1/3 innings.
Manager Alex Cora said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Pedroia, 34, had cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in late October. He played in only 105 games last season, batting .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBI in 463 plate appearances. His offensive stats were his worst since an abnormally-bad 2014 campaign.
The 34-15 Red Sox have baseball’s best record. Eduardo Nunez has mostly been handling second base in Pedroia’s place, hitting a disappointing .243/.261/.361 in 177 trips to the plate. He has also, by most metrics, played subpar defense at the position, so getting Pedroia back will be a boon.