Series: Game 1 of 3

Washington leads 1-0 (as of 5/5)

Game 1: Monday, May 5
LA Dodgers0Final
Game 2: Tuesday, May 6
LA Dodgers8Final
Game 3: Wednesday, May 7
LA Dodgers2Final

Dodgers 0

(18-15, 12-6 away)

Nationals 4

(18-14, 10-8 home)

    Coverage:  MASN

    7:05 PM ET, May 5, 2014

    Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. 

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    WSH 20000002 - 4 11 0

    W: A. Barrett (2-0)

    L: Z. Greinke (5-1)

    Dodgers-Nationals Preview

    While Zack Greinke is looking to open 6-0 for the second time and continue an historic streak, the Los Angeles Dodgers are unsure of Yasiel Puig's status after a scary crash.

    Puig is day to day for the visiting Dodgers, who will try to defeat the Washington Nationals for the sixth straight meeting in Monday night's opener of a three-game set.

    Greinke (5-0, 2.04 ERA), looking to match his career-best 6-0 start with Kansas City in 2009, has gone 18 straight regular-season outings of at least five innings while allowing two runs or fewer -- baseball's longest run since 1914.

    It's not clear who will be in right field behind him after Puig slammed into the wall chasing what turned out to be a game-winning RBI double in the ninth inning of Sunday's 5-4 loss at Miami. Puig was slow to walk off the field but passed a concussion test.

    "He hit the wall good," manager Don Mattingly said. "He seemed to be OK when he was walking in, but I'm sure they are going to keep looking at him. He almost made an unbelievable play."

    Puig's potential absence would take even more luster away from a series already missing Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, although Greinke remains enough of a draw considering how well he's been pitching.

    The right-hander gave up an unearned run over six innings to earn Wednesday's 6-4 victory at Minnesota. He said he's become a much smarter pitcher than he was five years ago during his other strong season start.

    "My stuff was a lot better then," Greinke said. "I'm locating better, being smarter. I've gotten a lot of help here, nice defensive plays."

    Greinke is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts against the Nationals (17-14). He also got his first career win against the Washington franchise on June 8, 2004, when it was still the Montreal Expos.

    The Washington hitter he has faced the most is Denard Span, who is 9 for 31 against him.

    The Dodgers have limited the Nationals to six runs and a .219 average during a five-game win streak in the series.

    Washington is searching for offense after it was shut out for the second time in Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Philadelphia, going 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

    "We've had some really key hits over the course of the season," manager Matt Williams said. "It just wasn't our day."

    Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 3.27) won an NL-best 12 games at home last year, but he's 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA in four starts in Washington this year compared to 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in two on the road.

    Zimmermann struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday to cruise to a 7-0 victory over Houston.

    The right-hander is 2-1 with a 6.65 ERA in four career starts against Los Angeles (18-14). Hanley Ramirez is 9 for 20 against him and Matt Kemp 5 for 12 with two homers.

    Outfielder Scott Hairston (strained left oblique) and catcher Wilson Ramos (hand surgery) could both return in this series for Washington.

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    Gameday Matchup

     Los AngelesWashington
    Current StreakW5W2
    Last 108-28-2

    Pitching Matchup

    Los AngelesWashington
    Z. Greinke
    17-8, 2.71 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs COL
    5.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win
    J. Zimmermann
    14-5, 2.66 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs MIA
    9.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Los AngelesWashington
    1. D. Gordon, 2B D. Span, CF
    2. C. Crawford, LF A. Rendon, 3B
    3. H. Ramirez, SS J. Werth, RF
    4. A. Gonzalez, 1B A. LaRoche, 1B
    5. M. Kemp, CF I. Desmond, SS
    6. A. Ethier, RF D. Espinosa, 2B
    7. J. Uribe, 3B N. McLouth, LF
    8. M. Olivo, C S. Leon, C
    9. Z. Greinke, P J. Zimmermann, P