So much for the momentum of a 9-0 Giants win Friday night, as the Dodgers evened the series, restored their lead to two games and trimmed the magic number for clinching the division to 13.
It was the Dodgers' largest margin of victory and most one-sided shutout against the Giants since the teams moved West in 1958, as well as the most runs scored by an opponent at AT&T Park, the most hits (24) by any team at AT&T Park and most hits against the Giants by any team since 1932. The most one-sided shutout in Dodgers history was 19-0 over San Diego in 1969.
"One of those games where everything goes our way," said manager Don Mattingly. "I'd like to use a couple of those runs in different games, but I can't. A game like last night is fairly easy to get by. Nothing went right. I'm sure they'll say the same thing."
Matt Kemp was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs and threw a runner out at the plate. He left the game in the fifth inning after fouling a pitch off his left foot, but after the game said he was fine. Hanley Ramirez had four hits and Carl Crawford three RBIs. In addition to Greinke, Juan Uribe and Scott Van Slyke also homered.
Greinke's offense was most impressive considering that since his elbow began acting up last month, he stopped taking batting practice with the other starting pitchers.
"I've been hitting better since it's happened," said Greinke, who is 5-for-10 with a walk in his last five starts.
The Dodgers had three four-run innings, batting around in the first and sixth inning and sending eight men to the plate in the second. They had 11 hits after one-plus inning and all nine starters had at least one before the fifth inning. They went 11-for-19 with runners in scoring position and still stranded 15.
"It was an amazing game," said Greinke. "Early on, a lot of balls were falling and we carried on from there. But even with a four-run lead, it was tough. Their lineup is as good as it gets. Usually you get four or five runs and get a little comfortable. But the way they've played, the extra runs were appreciated."
Greinke struck out five without a walk and is 15-8 with a 2.64 ERA, delivering a big lift after the Friday night blowout loss. He was followed to the mound by Scott Elbert, who threw a scoreless inning in his first appearance in two years after three elbow operations.
Tim Hudson played the supporting role of Hyun-Jin Ryu, retiring three of 11 batters -- the shortest start of his career -- and was relieved by two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, who gave up hits to the first three batters he faced.
"Even though they put up a ton of runs against us tonight, it only counts for one loss," said Hudson.
Lincecum later served up a solo home run to former teammate Uribe as the Giants' home win streak was snapped at 10.
"Zack slammed the door, like their guy [Madison Bumgarner] did last night," said Mattingly.
Yasiel Puig ignited the Dodgers in the first inning with a one-out hustle double on a flare hit to center fielder Angel Pagan, and the Dodgers batted around, all runs scoring with two outs.
Down by four, the Giants ran themselves out of a chance in the bottom of the first. Pagan doubled, but with one out was gunned down at the plate on Buster Posey's single by right fielder Kemp, who blew a gum bubble as he unleashed a powerful strike to Ellis. It was Kemp's third assist in the past week.
"I don't know if that changed the game," said Mattingly. "But it kind of kicked the momentum back to us."
There were no confrontations during the game, although a couple of plays might be remembered. Among them: Dee Gordon's 60th stolen base, with an eight-run lead; Puig going after Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford with a takeout slide, after appearing to fake being hit by a pitch; Roger Bernadina, who entered the game in the seventh inning, being hit by pitches twice.