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  • October 6, 2018
    (SportsNetwork. [b]Lenny Dykstra Jersey[/b] .com) - Zack Greinke aims to become just baseballs second nine-game winner this season as the Los Angeles Dodgers wrap a four-game series on Sunday afternoon with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tune in to all the action live on TSN2 beginning at 8pm et/5pm pt. Greinke carried a Major League-record string of 22 straight starts without allowing more than two earned runs into his last outing on Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds. Though that streak was halted, Greinke still won his third decision in a row thanks to a positive 6-3 outcome. The right-hander was charged with three runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings, matching a season high with 11 strikeouts while not issuing a walk. It marked the first time Greinke allowed more than two earned runs in a start since July 25, but he still improved to 8-1 with a 2.18 earned run average. He is tied with St. Louis Adam Wainwright for the most victories in the NL this season and one back of Torontos Mark Buehrle for the most in baseball. Greinke, 30, is 5-2 with a 5.29 ERA lifetime against the Pirates, who counter with Edinson Volquez. Volquez is 2-3 with a 2.86 ERA in seven previous meetings with the Dodgers and spent a brief stint with the club last season. Acquired from the San Diego Padres midseason, the righty went 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA in six games (5 starts) with Los Angeles. Volquez picked up his second win of the season with a solid outing on May 22 versus Washington, but struggled with his command on Tuesday against the New York Mets in a no-decision. The 30-year-old yielded four hits and a walked a season-high five batters over five innings, but did limit the damage to just two runs. "It was a challenge for (Volquez) but he kept us in the game," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said of his starter. Volquez is 2-4 on the year with a 4.30 ERA and will try to cool off the Dodgers bats. Los Angeles saw its offense erupt on Saturday for a 12-2 win, thanks in large part to Hanley Ramirez. He went 4-for-4 at the plate and hit a pair of homers while matching career highs with five RBI and four runs scored. "Hanley has found something and I hope it continues. Everything fell our way today," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Matt Kemp, Justin Turner and Drew Butera each drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who snapped a three-game losing skid. After flirting with a no-hitter in his last start, Hyun-Jin Ryu yielded two runs on 10 hits over six solid innings to earn the win. In the worst outing of his young career, Brandon Cumpton was tagged for 11 runs -- 10 earned -- on 11 hits and two walks over just 3 2/3 innings. "His (Cumpton) fastball command wasnt what weve seen from him in the past. It was a bad day for him," said Hurdle. 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With Robert Griffin III wearing a wristband for the first time, the Washington Redskins ended a six-game skid.It made sense, given that coach Jay Gruden has been trying to get Griffin to play with a better tempo all season.We just wanted to experiment a little bit, Gruden said Tuesday. We have some calls that are a little bit wordy, and we just put about five or six runs on there and a couple of play-action plays and a couple of dropbacks, and maybe speed up the process. Maybe for third down where you say, No. 5, he can look at it and read it.Griffin wore the plays on his left wrist — it wasnt easy to spot, given how it meshed with his white long-sleeve undershirt — during Saturdays 27-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.In-game communication hasnt been ideal all season under the first-year coach, no matter which quarterback has been playing. The Redskins lead the NFL with eight offensive delay-of-game penalties. The New England Patriots, incidentally, have zero.On Saturday, the Redskins were flagged for running out the play clock just once, although that one was particularly stupefying because it came after the game had been stopped for an injury.Still, overall, Griffin and the offence appeared to have their act together better than in previous games. The wristband can be credited with playing a minor supporting role.Everybody wears a wristband around the league, mostly, said Griffin, who said he also wore one in high school. But it can help speed up the communication process between the coaches and quarterback, and get you in a better tempo as an offence. Its something they wanted to experiment with, and we used it a couple of times, and there was no problems.Gruden said hell probably expand the number of plays on the list for Sundays season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. [b]Jeurys Familia Jersey[/b]. Of course, the wristband only helps if the coach actually uses it. As he learned during the Eagles game, its an adjustment calling out numbers instead of plays.I think towards the middle of the game we ended up just calling (the plays) anyway, Gruden said. It was kind of hard to find the numbers and all that. But there is some merit to it, no question.The win has calmed the Gruden-Griffin waters, at least for a week. Gruden said hes still getting a feel for his quarterback, in part because Griffin missed six games with a dislocated ankle. Griffin said Saturdays game was another chance to sharpen up his technique and other fundamentals that Gruden has continually preached.To be honest with you, were still getting to know one another, what hes good at, what he likes, what hes comfortable with, Gruden said. He did a good job in training camp. He does a good job as far as knowing the football plays, (but) you really dont get a chance to see what hes comfortable with until you call them on game day.After the game, Gruden said: Winning football games is the only thing that matters to me for a quarterback. Asked if that was fair, Griffin didnt want to get into such analysis.Jay is the head coach, hes going to make decisions and do things a certain way, Griffin said. My job is not to try to play that mental mind game. Its to go out and try to lead this team to victory.NOTES: LB Trent Murphy was placed on injured reserve with a broken bone in his right hand, the 12th Redskins player to go on season-ending IR. OL Rishaw Johnson was signed from the New York Giants practice squad. ... 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