Zach Greinke pitches Dodgers to 10,000th win in franchise history
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Zack Greinke pitched six strong innings, Juan Uribe had two RBIs and the Los Angeles Dodgers earned their 10,000th win in franchise history, 6-4 over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
Greinke (5-0) struck out six and didn't allow an earned run through drizzling rain and temperatures that dipped into the 30s by the end of the game.
With the bases loaded and the Twins trailing 5-1 in the seventh, reliever Chris Withrow got Trevor Plouffe to pop out to shortstop on a 3-0 pitch to end the threat.
Plouffe's two-run double in the ninth made it 6-4, but Kenley Jansen retired Chris Colabello to earn his 10th save in 12 chances.
The Dodgers join the Giants, Cubs and Braves as the only franchises to win 10,000 games.
Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig each added two hits and an RBI.
Eduardo Escobar had a career-high four hits and two RBIs for the Twins.
It rained most of the day on Wednesday and a tarp covered the pitcher's mound and batter's box at Target Field 15 minutes before first pitch.
Greinke wasn't fazed, and won his 12th game in 17 starts since Aug. 5. The right-hander has pitched at least five innings and allowed two runs or fewer in 18 consecutive regular season starts.
With Minnesota up 1-0, Drew Butera slid headfirst and touched home just ahead of Kurt Suzuki's tag after Hanley Ramierz singled to left in the third.
Manager Ron Gardenhire challenged the safe call by home plate umpire Chris Segal, but lost after the call was confirmed following a 2-minute replay review.
Uribe's two-RBI single made it 5-1 in the seventh.
Minnesota advanced a runner at least to second base six times against Greinke, but couldn't break through beyond Escobar's double.
Kyle Gibson (3-2) allowed five runs in 6 2/3 innings and lost his second consecutive start after beginning the season 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA.
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier did his best to help Gibson. When Gonzalez's grounder to first took a bad hop and ricocheted of Joe Mauer's shoulder, Dozier hustled over, dove, and scooped the ball to Gibson with his glove for the out.
Tuesday's series opener was postponed due to wintry weather and the two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Thursday.
Dan Haren (3-0, 2.03 ERA) will start the first game of Thursday's doubleheader for the Dodgers. Manager Don Mattingly said the team will use its 26th man callup to start the night game.
--Mike Pelfrey (0-2, 7.32) will start the first game for Minnesota and Kris Johnson will make his major league debut in the nightcap.
--Injured ace Clayton Kershaw makes his second minor league rehab start on Wednesday. If all goes well, Mattingly said Kershaw could rejoin the rotation later this week.
--The Target Field scoreboard displayed the score of Game 7 between the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche in the NHL playoffs.© The Associated Press