Zack Greinke worked just over seven innings to lead the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 road victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, spoiling the debut of new manager Ryne Sandberg.
Greinke (11-3) allowed three hits and four walks over 7 1/3 innings Friday night at Citizens Bank Park to record the win, while shortstop Hanley Ramirez drove in two with a home run in the fourth inning and also scored on a Scott Van Slyke single in the top of the ninth.
The Dodgers' other run came in the top of the seventh, when second baseman Mark Ellis connected on a double that drove in catcher A.J. Ellis.
Phillies starter Cliff Lee (10-6) took the loss after pitching eight innings and giving up three of the Dodgers' four runs.
A trio of Dodgers relievers worked the final 1 2/3 innings to complete the shutout.
Shortly before the start of the game, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. announced that the team had fired Charlie Manuel, who had managed the team to a World Series title in 2008.
Manuel was replaced by former Chicago Cubs great Ryne Sandberg, who had been serving as the Phillies' third base coach.
With Friday night's victory, the Dodgers now have a record of 41-8 dating back to June 22 and lead the National League West division by 8.5 games over the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks.
A win on Saturday evening, when ace Clayton Kershaw will take the mound against the Phillies' Kyle Kendrick, would give the Dodgers the best record for a major league team over a 50-game stretch since the end of World War II. EFE