PHOENIX -- The All-Star break -- baseball's unofficial halfway mark -- is still a week away, but Zack Greinke displayed Monday what is likely to be the difference down the stretch in a wide-open NL West race.
Greinke carved up the Diamondbacks lineup with seven shutout innings in a 6-1 Dodgers win, further supporting the premise that pitching will as usual be the decisive factor in a race that currently has four teams within six games of the division lead.
"Greinke was good tonight," D-backs manger Kirk Gibson said. "He had everything going. That's the most dominant we've seen him in a while.
"He had a good two-seamer, he had a good cutter, he had a good slider, he had a good curveball and he had a good changeup. What more do you need?"
A former Cy Young winner, Greinke allowed just two hits and struck out seven. It was the second time this season Greinke has contained the D-backs: He held them to two runs on two hits on June 11, the night of a benches-clearing brawl that got pl...