07/22 19:23 CDT Greinke fans 13 in 8 innings, D-backs beat Rockies 6-1
Greinke fans 13 in 8 innings, D-backs beat Rockies 6-1
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX (AP) --- The Colorado Rockies scored 17 runs in winning their first two
games in Arizona over the weekend.
Then they ran in to Zack Greinke.
The Arizona ace shut down one of baseball's most powerful offenses on Sunday in
a 6-1 victory that snapped the Rockies' seven-game winning streak.
"Zack came out on a day when we could have been flat-lined and picked us up,"
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "And we jumped on his back and he
carried us a long way today."
Greinke allowed one run and two hits and struck out a season-high 13 in eight
"It was vintage Greinke for sure," Rockies manager Bud Black said.
The Arizona pitcher threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of the first 20 batters and
cruised from there.
"The last two games everything's been really good," Greinke said. "I felt
comfortable out there and made a lot of good pitches."
Shortstop Nick Ahmed drove in three runs and robbed Nolan Arenado with a diving
stop for the game's final out.
The only hits off Greinke (11-5) were Ian Desmond's solo home run in the fourth
and Trevor Story's one-out single in the seventh. The right-hander threw a
season-high 111 pitches in his longest outing of the year. He walked one while
improving to 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA in his last five starts.
"The thing that stood out for me was the use of all pitches," Black said. "In a
lot of ways you see Zack's fastball, slider, change, but the curve ball really
came into play today, the slow curve ball. He did a great job of mixing
Greinke finished his night with a 68 mph curve ball that caught pinch hitter
Raimel Tapia looking. The "ephus" pitch has been useful for Greinke all season
and especially in this recent stretch of success.
"The results have been as good as you could hope for," Greinke said of the
swooping pitch that's become an Diamondback fan favorite. "It's going to stop
working anytime now but as of now it's still working."
Arizona moved back into second place in the NL West, 1 1/2 games behind the
first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. Colorado had briefly moved past the
Diamondbacks by winning the first two games of the series 11-10 and 6-5. The
Rockies left Arizona a half-game behind the Diamondbacks and two behind the
Ahmed had a two-run triple and a bases-loaded walk for his three RBIs. Jeff
Mathis added a two-run single and Steven Souza Jr. doubled in a run.
Antonio Senzatela (3-3), activated from the disabled list (finger blister)
before the game and making his third start of the season, gave up four runs and
five hits in 5 1/3 innings.
The Diamondbacks took the lead with a pair of two-out doubles by A.J. Pollock
and Steven Souza Jr. in the first.
Senzatela retired the first two in the fifth before walking Jake Lamb on a 3-2
pitch. Daniel Descalso dribbled a single through the Rockies shift defense in
right to put runners at first and third. Ahmed brought them both home with a
shot past the diving left-fielder Gerardo Parra, a bases-clearing triple that
made it 3-0.
In the Diamondbacks' sixth, Arizona loaded the bases without a hit on two walks
and second baseman Garrett Sampson's fielding error on what could have been an
inning-ending double play. Yency Almonte walked Ahmed to bring in a run and
Mathis' two-run single put Arizona up 6-1.
Rockies: Senzatela took the roster spot vacated by RHP German Marquez, who was
placed on the paternity list.
Diamondbacks: RHP Clay Buchholz (left oblique strain) pitched a bullpen session
on Sunday and, if it went well, he will return to the rotation and start
Tuesday against the Cubs in Chicago. ... LHP T.J. McFarland (left neck
tightness) threw a side session on Sunday and will be activated before the Cubs
series opener on Monday.
After an outstanding run heading into the All-Star break, Paul Goldschmidt went
1-for-12 in the three-game series against Colorado, striking out a whopping
nine times, including three times on Sunday. The All-Star first baseman was the
player of the month for June after beginning the season with one of the worst
and most extended slumps of his career.
Rockies: Colorado returns home for a two-game set with reigning World Series
champion Houston. LHP Tyler Anderson (6-3, 3.72 ERA) starts for the Rockies
against the Astros' Gerrit Cole (10-2, 2.52).
Diamondbacks: Arizona opens a four-game series at Wrigley Field Monday with LHP
Patrick Corbin (6-4, 3.24) on the mound for the Diamondbacks. The Cubs have not
announced their starter.
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