Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke is riding a Major League-record streak and will look to continue it when he starts against the Reds on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Cincinnati will counter with Alfredo Simon, who has rebounded from a season-worst three-inning start May 10 as he vies for a permanent spot in the rotation.
Greinke has turned in a historic 22 consecutive starts with two or fewer earned runs allowed. He surpassed Roger Clemens' run from 1990-91 on Thursday against the Mets. He allowed three runs, but just one was earned, in a no-decision.
Greinke is 7-1 with a 2.01 ERA in 10 starts this season. He has eight career starts against the Reds, going 4-1 with a 2.62 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched.
Simon has been superb in his last two starts, allowing one run in 14 2/3 innings pitched. He went seven innings against the Nationals on Wednesday, and though the plan was initially to have him as a temporary starter with Mat Latos injured, it is possible that he could earn a spot in the rotation.
Reds manager Bryan Price has been pleased with Simon's performance.
"The toughest part of my game was telling [Simon] he wasn't going to go back out there for the eighth inning," said Price of Simon's last start. "He's not just a special talent, but really a special arm. It's a gift to be as resilient as he is."
Dodgers: Ellis on the disabled list after celebration
A.J. Ellis has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. The cather, who got Sunday off, was injured during the celebration after Josh Beckett's no-hitter. He jumped onto the dog pile and came down on catcher Drew Butera's mask. Ellis, who had already spent time on the DL this year, has played in just 15 games, recording eight hits for a .170 average.
Reds: Lutz might play
First baseman/outfielder Donald Lutz was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Friday but has yet to appear in the Reds' starting lineup. Manager Bryan Price contemplated starting Lutz at first base on Monday but decided to use regular third baseman Todd Frazier there instead.
"He may get a start in this series. In this situation, you don't want to have guys coming up from the Minor Leagues like Lutz who is swinging the bat well and not play him," Price said of Lutz.
Lutz began the season at Double-A Pensacola and batted .360 with six home runs and 16 RBIs before a promotion to Louisville, where he played five games.
• With Ellis out, the Dodgers called up Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Albuquerque.
• Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (calf) didn't start for the third game in a row Monday, but Don Mattingly said Ramirez is getting better and may be available on Tuesday.
• Matt Kemp was out of the starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game Monday. The Dodgers are going to work him in left field because they feel they're better defensively with Andre Ethier in center. Kemp had left-ankle surgery in October.
• The Reds have lost two of their last three-game series.
• Simon has made two relief appearances against the Dodgers, pitching just over two innings with two hits, two strikeouts and a run.
• After Monday's 4-3 setback, the Reds are tied for the Major League lead with 13 one-run losses.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.