WASHINGTON -- Zack Greinke is really piling up the zeros.
Greinke's string is the longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the major league record of 59 shutout innings in 1988 with the Dodgers.
"I don't think about it at all. I'm just not making a bunch of mistakes and making good pitches," Greinke said.
On Tuesday night, Greinke started the All-Star Game and gave up a leadoff homer to Mike Trout, but that run doesn't count in the regular-season statistics.
Greinke's next start is scheduled for the coming weekend at the New York Mets.
Only Hershiser and Hall of Famers Don Drysdale (58) and Bob Gibson (47) have had longer scoreless spans than Greinke during the post-1960 expansion era. Los Angeles teammate Clayton Kershaw threw 41 shutout innings last year.
Greinke (9-2) leads the big leagues with a 1.30 ERA. He scattered three singles, walked one and threw 119 pitches in eight innings. He also picked a runner off first base.
"Everything but the curveball was working today, and [that] was all right," he said.
This was his sixth straight scoreless start, all of them lasting at least six innings.
Max Scherzer (10-8) gave up one run in six innings. He left with the loss, and a 2.09 ERA, after the Dodgers won the matchup of National League division leaders.
Greinke said he didn't focus on who was pitching against him.
"I stopped thinking about [such duels] a long time ago. Whenever I tried to do more, the results would be worse," he said.
Said Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly: "It's hard to be better than this."
Washington first baseman Clint Robinson said facing Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young winner, and Greinke in less than 24 hours wasn't a lot of fun. Kershaw and Greinke combined to strike out 25 Nats in 16 innings.
"With those guys, you just have to get them in the strike zone and then, you know, put a good swing on it and hope something good happens," Robinson said. "You can't really go up there sitting on one particular pitch."
Scherzer's wild pitch in the fourth gave the Dodgers their first run.
Dodgers: Grandal left the game in the sixth after taking a ball off his mask. X-rays were negative, but he will have a CT scan on Monday. ... Mattingly said OF Carl Crawford (right oblique strain) will join the team in Atlanta on Monday but won't necessarily be activated for the first game of the series. Crawford, who has been on the disabled list since April 28, has played in 10 minor league rehab games this season.
Nationals: 2B Danny Espinosa was in the lineup after leaving Saturday's game with what turned out to be cramps. ... CF Denard Span, sidelined since July 6 with a back injury, said he is feeling better after having cortisone injections to try to relieve the pain.
Dodgers: RHP Brandon Beachy (0-1, 6.75 ERA) makes his second start since returning from right elbow surgery July 11. He starts against the Braves, the team he pitched for from 2010 to 2013.
Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.99) is 8-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 14 career starts against the Mets, who open a three-game series in Washington on Monday.
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