As Zack Greinke was asked about a career-long scoreless streak that reached 27 2/3 innings Saturday in the Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the New York Mets, he thought back to the last time he did something similar.

That was six years ago. Pitching for the Kansas City Royals in what was a considerably higher-scoring environment, he started the season with a 24-inning scoreless streak. He was rewarded with a Cy Young Award at the end of the year.

"I was probably a little nastier," he said.

The high-90s fastball that he could uncork back then is something of the past. That hasn't made him any less effective.

By pitching seven innings against the Mets, Greinke lowered his earned-run average to 1.48, the lowest in the major leagues. He improved to 7-2.

The dominance is a result of his preparation, Manager Don Mattingly said.

"He knows exactly where he wants to go with every guy," Mattingly said.

In that regard, Mattingly compared Greinke to Clayton Kershaw.

"Him and Clayton probably are the top guys as far as knowing what they want to do with every guy," Mattingly said.

Like Kershaw, Greinke has been victimized this season by a lack of run support. Greinke ended a nine-start winless streak in his previous start.

That problem didn't present itself Saturday.