Game 87: Zack Greinke follows Clayton Kershaw’s gem with one of his own.

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke will finish the first half with a 1.39 earned-run average, best in MLB and the lowest by any pitcher in the first half since 1981. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

After Clayton Kershaw threw the Dodgers’ first nine-inning shutout of the season on Wednesday, Zack Greinke might have one-upped him on Thursday. (That’s what the Phillies’ manager said, at least.)

Before the game, Jimmy Rollins talked about how he broke out of his slump, and Yasiel Puig worked his way out of one of his own.

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Yasiel Puig is batting leadoff for the seventh time this season.

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Yasiel Puig is batting .194 in his last 11 games. He leads off for the Dodgers against the Philadelphia Phillies tonight. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly explained prior to Wednesday night’s game why Yasiel Puig is hitting first against the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s the seventh time Puig has batted leadoff this season.

“With the lefty today (Phillies starter Adam Morgan) I wanted to stack the righties and see if it gets us going,” Mattingly said.

Puig has hit sixth, fifth and fourth since the last time he led off a game for the Dodgers. He’s batting .194 (7 for 36) in those 11 games, with six walks and 10 strikeouts.

“I think (Puig) is versatile but I’d like to get him going,” Mattingly said. “That’d be nice.”

Game 77: Zack Greinke’s undeserved wait is over.

MIAMI >> A great thing happened on a couple fronts Sunday. Zack Greinke won a game, and the reporters who covered him were able to stop asking when he would ever win a game and put his season into context. The box score is here.

Before the game Don Mattingly openly questioned whether Yasiel Puig, who batted cleanup Sunday, would evolve as a hitter.

Prior to the game, it was reported that the Dodgers are interested in New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese.