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Zack Greinke is dominant at Chavez Ravine, but that wasn't the case in his only meeting there against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Los Angeles Dodgers could use another superb performance from Greinke as he gets the ball in the opener of this four-game, two-venue Freeway Series on Monday night.

Greinke (12-6, 2.65 ERA) is among the NL leaders in wins, ERA and strikeouts (153), but he's been particularly impressive at home. The right-hander is 14-3 with a 2.27 ERA in 23 starts there since joining the Dodgers via free agency after spending part of 2012 with the Angels.

The Dodgers (63-49) have won 19 of those games. However, they bailed him out in an 8-7 win over the Angels on May 27, 2013, when Greinke was hammered for six runs - his most in a Dodgers uniform - and 10 hits over four innings in his only matchup since departing Anaheim.

Greinke enters this meeting having allowed just one run over 15 innings in his last two outings while striking out 23. That run came in the second inning of Wednesday's 3-2, 10-inning win over Atlanta, as he made it through eight despite battling right calf stiffness and fanned a season-high 13.

"My calf got a little sore, similar to spring training, but not to the same level," Greinke told MLB's official website, citing an injury that sidelined him for two weeks in March. "Sore the first couple of innings and got better as the game went on."

The Dodgers, who lead the NL West by 2 1/2 games over second-place San Francisco, surely wouldn't mind a similar performance after dropping two of three to the Chicago Cubs with Sunday's 7-3 loss.

They hit .222 against the Cubs after posting a .293 average during a season-high six-game winning streak.

To read more on the upcoming Freeway Series between the Dodgers and Angels, visit FOXSports.com

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