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Zack Greinke, Dodgers try to avoid Diamondbacks sweep

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The Dodgers try to avoid their first three-game sweep at Chase Field in seven years in Sunday's finale against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

The last time the Dodgers were swept in a three-game series in Arizona was April 7-9, 2008. The club did lose three straight in one series from July 6-8, 2012 but those were the last three games of a four-game set, with the Dodgers winning the first game.

The Dodgers are 78-72 (.520) all-time at Chase Field and have a winning record in Arizona in five of the previous six years, going 31-23 (.574) from 2009-2014.

The Dodgers turn to Zack Greinke to stop the bleeding. Greinke, who allowed one run in six innings in his season debut on Tuesday, is 5-0 with a 1.59 ERA in seven starts against the Diamondbacks since joining the Dodgers with 43 strikeouts and 12 walks in 45⅓ innings.

He is 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA as a Dodger in four starts at Chas Field, with 26 strikeouts and five walks. But perhaps more relevant to the Dodgers' interests is that the team has backed Greinke with at least six runs of support in each of those four games in Phoenix, scoring 30 total runs in the four games.

The Dodgers through five games are averaging 3.8 runs per game and hitting just .233/.317/.454. It has been mostly the Adrian Gonzalez show, with Gonzalez (.667/.727/1.611) accounting for 29 total bases and the rest of the team amassing 45.

Gonzalez is 6-for-10 with a home run and a double in his career against Josh Collmenter, starting Sunday for the Diamondbacks. Jimmy Rollins is 5-for-13 (.385) with two doubles and two walks against him.

The lineup on Sunday includes Alex Guerrero making his first major league start, batting seventh and playing third base, one day after Justin Turner was spiked in the left hand and suffered left finger stiffness, and Juan Uribe left with left hamstring tightness one play later.

Guerrero along with Yasiel Puig and catcher Yasmani Grandal gives the Dodgers three Cuban-born players in the starting lineup.

As for Uribe, he tested his left hamstring in running drills with trainer Stan Conte before Sunday's game and looked okay.

As planned, Andre Ethier starts his second straight game in the weekend series, on Sunday in left field to give Carl Crawford a day off. Ethier is 5-for-16 (.313) with two doubles and a walk against Collmenter.

Arizona roster move

Before Sunday's game, the Diamondbacks placed catcher Gerald Laird on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9, with lower back spasms, and recalled pitcher A.J. Schugel from Triple-A Reno.

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m.

TV: SportsNet LA