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SF@LAD: Greinke turns in seven strong innings

The Dodgers and D-backs will rest on Thursday before resuming the newest rivalry in the National League West on Friday at Chase Field.

So far it's been a one-sided affair.

The Dodgers are 7-1 against the D-backs this season. They've also outscored Arizona, 46-28.

But things could be different this time around.

Overall, D-backs starters are 6-2 with a 2.70 ERA and seven quality starts in 12 games this month. The club has also won eight of its last 13 games and three of its last four series.

Arizona, which lost two of three games to Washington this week, will send Wade Miley to the mound in the opener. Los Angeles will counter with right-hander Zack Greinke.

"We are playing better now," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "If you remember last year, it was just the opposite. We beat those guys thoroughly in the first go-around, and it turned around. We'll just go out and try to play our game and play better like we have been, get better pitching and hopefully, we can reverse the trend."

Greinke is coming off a victory over the Giants in his most recent start, on May 10, in which he allowed two earned runs in seven innings, striking out eight. In two starts (11 1/3 innings) against the D-backs, he's 1-0 with 16 strikeouts.

Friday will mark Miley's fourth start vs. the Dodgers this season. He won the most recent, on April 18, and is 3-3 with a 3.96 ERA in 11 career games against them.

"The starting pitching has been good since the Cubs series," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said. "As long as our starting pitching continues to throw the way we have and get deeper into games, we should win more series."

Dodgers: Uribe expected back in lineup
Manager Don Mattingly said that third baseman Juan Uribe (strained hamstring), who missed his sixth consecutive start on Wednesday, will likely return to the lineup on Friday.

The veteran infielder ranks among the NL leaders in road batting average, with a .355 mark, but has hit just .242 against the D-backs this season.

"I think [on Tuesday] he was antsy," Mattingly said. "We talked about it, and he was OK with it."

Uribe made an appearance as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 13-3 loss and hit a double.

• The D-backs will also see catcher A.J. Ellis, who played against them in Australia but missed the teams' past two series while recovering from surgery on his left knee. Ellis came off the disabled list on Wednesday and caught in the finale vs. the Marlins.

"We're just happy to get him back," Mattingly said. "He knows our system, and what we try to do [pitching-wise]. He's a big part of that."

D-backs: Marte making the most of recall
Outfielder Alfredo Marte has four hits, including three doubles, in his first 12 at-bats since being recalled from Triple-A Reno on May 2. He was batting .342 with five doubles, 11 RBIs and nine runs in 26 games for the Aces before his promotion.

"It's great to be back in the big leagues and sharing this experience with the guys," Marte said. "It's hard not to play every day, but it's a process, and you learn how to adjust. Nobody likes to be on the bench, but you just wait on your chance to show what you can do and help the team how you can."

Worth noting
• Left-hander Randy Wolf exercised the out clause of his Minor League contract with the D-backs, was granted his release on Wednesday and signed a one-year deal with the Marlins.

• Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is riding a 14-game hitting streak.

• D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games. Comments