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Zack Greinke extends scoreless streak to 43 2/3 innings as Dodgers beat Nationals

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Sunday, July 19, 2015 in Washington. Credit: AP / Alex Brandon

WASHINGTON - Zack Greinke extended his scoreless streak to 43 2-3 innings, striking a season-high 11 through the eighth and leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Washington Nationals 5-0 Sunday.

Greinke's string is the longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the major league record of 59 shutout innings in 1988 with the Dodgers.

Greinke (9-2) leads the big leagues with a 1.30 ERA. He scattered three singles, walked one and threw 119 pitches in eight innings. This was his sixth straight scoreless start, all of them lasting at least six innings.

Last Tuesday night, Greinke started the All-Star Game and gave up a leadoff homer to Mike Trout, but that run doesn't count in the regular-season statistics. Greinke's next start is scheduled for the coming weekend at the New York Mets.

Max Scherzer (10-8) gave up one run in six innings. He left with the loss, and a 2.09 ERA, after the Dodgers won the matchup of NL division leaders.

Scherzer's wild pitch in the fourth gave the Dodgers their first run.

Andre Ethier led off with a double, moved up on Yasmani Grandal's sacrifice and scored with two outs on Scherzer's wild pitch.

Los Angeles broke away with four runs in the ninth off Blake Treinen. Ethier and A.J. Ellis hit RBI singles and Yasiel Puig added a two-run single.

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