Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke uses arm, bat to beat Pirates

Arizona’s Zack Greinke did a little bit of everything Thursday, holding the Pirates to two hits over seven innings and adding a triple to lead the Diamondbacks to a 5-0 victory for a four-game sweep in Pittsburgh.

Greinke and two Arizona relievers combined to allow five hits in the second shutout of the season for the Diamondbacks. It was Arizona’s second consecutive four-game sweep in Pittsburgh and 10th straight win overall at PNC Park.

Greinke has won four straight decisions and has gone 15 consecutive innings without allowing a run.

“He’s our No. 1 for a reason,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “He goes out there every fifth day and gives us a great effort, and we’re in every baseball game that he starts.”

The Arizona offense produced five extra-base hits off Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon, all of which went to right field.

Christian Walker doubled home Jarrod Dyson in the first and then scored on a Ketel Marte groundout. Walker doubled again to lead off the fourth and scored on Blake Swihart’s grounder.

“I think the whole offense is in a pretty good place right now, feeding off each other,” Walker said. “I think that’s a pretty big part of it.”

That extended all the way down to the No. 9 spot in the batting order, where Greinke tripled off the 21-foot high Clemente Wall in right to lead off the fifth, the first triple of his 16-year career. In six games, he is hitting .462 with a 1.231 slugging percentage. Dyson followed Greinke with another triple and scored on Eduardo Escobar’s sacrifice fly.

Greinke “loves to hit, he takes it very seriously, and to see him go in like that, that just boosts everybody else up in the lineup, because that guy only gets to hit once every five days,” Dyson said.

Indians 2, Astros 1: Cleveland’s Leonys Martin and Jake Bauers homered off Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer threw eight strong innings to improve to 8-0 in his career against host Houston. “He competed his rear end off,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of Bauer. “As a lineup, they don’t go out of the zone and his stuff — his last pitch was 97 or 98. And he had six walks and three strikeouts with that stuff. Their lineup is good. They’re balanced, they’re deep and he competed like crazy.”

Dodgers 2, Cubs 1: Cody Bellinger drove in his team’s second run with a sacrifice fly, tying him with Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich for the major-league lead with 31 RBIs, as visiting Los Angeles avoided a three-game sweep.

Reds 4, Braves 2: Luis Castillo pitched around eight hits over six shutout innings as host Cincinnati won for the fifth time in seven games.

Marlins 3, Phillies 1: Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning for visiting Miami. Marlins starter Caleb Smith gave up one run and three hits, striking out eight in six innings, and five relievers pitched four scoreless innings.

Red Sox 7, Tigers 3: Michael Chavis hit a two-run homer and Rick Porcello picked up his first win of the season as host Boston earned a split of the four-game series. Porcello struck out five and allowed three runs, six hits and two walks in six innings.

Briefly: Pittsburgh shortstop Erik Gonzalez is expected to be out at least 10 weeks after undergoing surgery on his fractured left clavicle, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Gonzalez was injured in a collision with teammate Starling Marte on Friday during a game against the Giants. … Angels third baseman Zack Cozart was placed on the injured list because of a neck strain. … The Yankees acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from Cleveland for $25,000. Maybin spent much of spring training with the Giants. … Mets right-hander Jacob Rhame was suspended for two games for sailing two fastballs over the head of the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins on Tuesday.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Diamondbacks-Zack-Greinke-uses-arm-bat-to-13797204.php.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *