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.
Dodgers: Grandal left the game in the sixth after taking a ball off his mask. ... Manager Don Mattingly said OF Carl Crawford (right oblique strain) will join the team in Atlanta on Monday, but won't necessarily be activated for the first game of the series. Crawford, who has been on the disabled list since April 28, has played in 10 minor league rehab games this season.
Nationals: 2B Danny Espinosa was in the lineup after leaving Saturday's game with what turned out to be cramps. ... CF Denard Span, sidelined since July 6 with a back injury, said that he's feeling better after having cortisone injections to try to relieve the pain.
Dodgers: RHP Brandon Beachy (0-1, 6.75) makes his second start since returning from right elbow surgery on July 11. He starts against the Braves, the team he pitched for from 2010-13.
Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.99) is 8-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 14 career starts against the New York Mets, who open a three-game series in Washington on Monday.