Greinke's hitting and pitching help D-backs beat Marlins 4-0

MIAMI (AP) Zack Greinke grinned as he stepped to the plate in the sixth inning Thursday afternoon, and then swung at the first pitch for another hit.

The Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander pitched seven innings and was an offensive dynamo , too, helping to beat the Miami Marlins 4-0.

Greinke singled twice, drove in a run, stole a base and scored. No wonder he looked to be enjoying himself.

''It's more fun when you're doing good,'' Greinke said. ''Today was a lot of good results, so it was a fun day.''

His offensive feats were impressive, but maybe not that surprising. He leads Arizona pitchers this year with four RBIs and four runs, raised his season average to .300, and is now 7 for 7 lifetime in steal attempts.

Greinke became the first pitcher since Bob Gibson in 1969 to have a hit, an RBI and a stolen base in at least two games in a season.

''He's a baseball player, and I don't say that about a lot of pitchers,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ''He probably has a better swing than 70 percent of the guys in the big leagues, and I'm serious about that.''

As for pitching, Greinke (8-5) won for the fifth time in his past six starts. He allowed seven hits - all singles - but walked none and benefited from several good defensive plays. The outing matched his longest this year.

''As the game goes, you kind of get that flat feeling,'' Mattingly said. ''He was just a handful. He's able to do some different things with the ball and change gears on you.''

Three relievers completed a 10-hitter for Arizona's fourth shutout of the season.

Paul Goldschmidt continued his recent tear with three hits, and Nick Ahmed added two hits. Each scored and drove in a run.

The Diamondbacks (47-34) finished 8-2 on a three-city trip

''I can't think of a day where we played bad really,'' Greinke said. ''The defense was good, pitching was good, hitting was good, baserunning was good. It was just a lot of good things, and we never beat ourselves.''

The Diamondbacks matched their season high by climbing 13 games above .500. They won the season series against Miami 6-1.

The finale started at 9:10 a.m. Phoenix time, but the Diamondbacks were ready to go and led 3-0 by the second inning.

''The biggest thing was being ready to go on the first pitch and not sleepwalking into it,'' Goldschmidt said.

Greinke helped get his teammates going. In the second he singled, easily stole second and scored on Goldschmidt's two-out single. He added a two-out opposite-field RBI single in the sixth to make it 4-0.

Greinke improved to 7-0 in 12 games against the Marlins. At Marlins Park, he's 6-0 in six starts with a 1.48 ERA.

Trevor Richards (2-5) allowed three runs in four innings. Miami rookie Brian Anderson went 0 for 4, ending his 24-game on-base streak, the longest active string in the National League.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Greinke on matching Gibson's offensive feats: ''There's a record every game. You've just got to look hard enough for it.''

D-BACKS' D

With runners at the corners in the second, Goldschmidt charged Bryan Holaday's grounder to first and started a nifty ending-inning double play. Right fielder Jon Jay made a catch as he slid into the wall in foul territory to rob Anderson. Second baseman Daniel Descalso committed an error in the third but made amends later in the inning by lunging to snare Starlin Castro's sharp grounder and save a run.

STREAK ENDS

Miami backup catcher Holaday had thrown out a team record nine consecutive runners attempting to steal, but Greinke got a huge jump to end the streak.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: C J.T. Realmuto (wrist) missed his third consecutive game but expects to play Friday. Miami is 26-29 when he starts and 6-21 when he doesn't start.

ROSTER

After the game, Marlins RHP Nick Wittgren was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (6-3, 3.24) is scheduled to start Friday when Arizona returns home to begin a weekend series against the Giants.

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara, Miami's top pitching prospect, will be recalled from New Orleans to start Friday against the Mets. Alcantara, acquired in the trade that sent OF Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals, will make his Marlins debut. He's 5-3 with a 3.71 ERA in 14 starts for New Orleans this year.

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  • W: Z. Greinke (8-5)L: T. Richards (2-5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Lamb 3B21100211.241.338.409.7462.5
D. Peralta LF30000113.278.345.503.8480.5
D. Descalso 2B30010103.259.358.498.8562.0
J. De La Rosa P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
F. Salas P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Chafin P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Ahmed SS41210001.217.278.407.6855.0
J. Dyson CF40100004.183.274.254.5273.0
J. Mathis C40100012.185.292.235.5260.5
Z. Greinke P31210000.300.364.400.7646.0
K. Marte 2B10100000.240.295.409.7031.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Dietrich LF40000012.294.347.477.8230.5
    B. Anderson RF40000003.293.370.411.7810.0
    J. Bour 1B40100011.240.368.430.7980.5
    S. Castro 2B40100003.274.322.387.7091.0
    J. Riddle SS40300000.250.280.406.6863.0
    M. Rojas 3B40100024.248.307.352.6590.0
    J. Shuck CF40100012.197.258.238.4950.5
    B. Holaday C40200012.179.233.226.4601.5
    T. Richards P10000010.071.133.071.205-0.5
    a- C. Maybin PH10000012.221.296.293.588-0.5
    N. Wittgren P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- Y. Rivera PH10000001.200.337.225.5620.0
    B. Graves P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    c- L. Brinson PH10100000.178.223.327.5501.0
    • a-struck out for Richards in the 4th
    • b-lined out for Guerrero in the 7th
    • c-singled for Graves in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - P. Goldschmidt (17), N. Ahmed (15)
    • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (42), D. Descalso (42), N. Ahmed (33), Z. Greinke (4)
    • 2-Out RBI - P. Goldschmidt (15), N. Ahmed (10), Z. Greinke (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Dyson (14), Z. Greinke (2)
    • CS - J. Lamb (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Lamb-Descalso-Goldschmidt; Marte-Ahmed-Goldschmidt)
    • E - D. Descalso (7), F. Salas
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - D. Dietrich (2)
    • DP - 2 (Castro-Riddle-Bour; Castro-Riddle-Bour)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Greinke (W, 8-5)7.07000603.411.1127.0
    J. De La Rosa1.12000103.281.461.5
    F. Salas0.11000103.721.27-0.5
    A. Chafin0.10000001.551.100.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Greinke (W, 8-5)7.0
    J. De La Rosa1.1
    F. Salas0.1
    A. Chafin0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Richards (L, 2-5)4.06332305.061.48-2.5
    N. Wittgren2.03111003.631.611.0
    T. Guerrero1.00001104.501.552.5
    B. Graves2.02000002.701.204.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Richards (L, 2-5)4.0
    N. Wittgren2.0
    T. Guerrero1.0
    B. Graves2.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - Z. Greinke (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 103-73, J. De La Rosa 20-13, F. Salas 7-5, A. Chafin 4-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 6-9, J. De La Rosa 1-1, A. Chafin 1-0
    • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 29, J. De La Rosa 5, F. Salas 2, A. Chafin
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 75-47, N. Wittgren 36-22, T. Guerrero 14-6, B. Graves 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 5-3, N. Wittgren 3-2, B. Graves 4-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Richards 19, N. Wittgren 9, T. Guerrero 3, B. Graves 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Jay RF50000003.293.360.372.7320.0
    P. Goldschmidt 1B51310010.267.376.524.9005.5
    J. Lamb 3B21100211.241.338.409.7462.5
    D. Peralta LF30000113.278.345.503.8480.5
    D. Descalso 2B30010103.259.358.498.8562.0
    J. De La Rosa P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
    F. Salas P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Chafin P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    N. Ahmed SS41210001.217.278.407.6855.0
    J. Dyson CF40100004.183.274.254.5273.0
    J. Mathis C40100012.185.292.235.5260.5
    Z. Greinke P31210000.300.364.400.7646.0
    K. Marte 2B10100000.240.295.409.7031.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Dietrich LF40000012.294.347.477.8230.5
      B. Anderson RF40000003.293.370.411.7810.0
      J. Bour 1B40100011.240.368.430.7980.5
      S. Castro 2B40100003.274.322.387.7091.0
      J. Riddle SS40300000.250.280.406.6863.0
      M. Rojas 3B40100024.248.307.352.6590.0
      J. Shuck CF40100012.197.258.238.4950.5
      B. Holaday C40200012.179.233.226.4601.5
      T. Richards P10000010.071.133.071.205-0.5
      a- C. Maybin PH10000012.221.296.293.588-0.5
      N. Wittgren P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      b- Y. Rivera PH10000001.200.337.225.5620.0
      B. Graves P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      c- L. Brinson PH10100000.178.223.327.5501.0
      Total36010000820-----
      • a-struck out for Richards in the 4th
      • b-lined out for Guerrero in the 7th
      • c-singled for Graves in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - P. Goldschmidt (17), N. Ahmed (15)
      • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (42), D. Descalso (42), N. Ahmed (33), Z. Greinke (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - P. Goldschmidt (15), N. Ahmed (10), Z. Greinke (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Dyson (14), Z. Greinke (2)
      • CS - J. Lamb (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Lamb-Descalso-Goldschmidt; Marte-Ahmed-Goldschmidt)
      • E - D. Descalso (7), F. Salas
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. Dietrich (2)
      • DP - 2 (Castro-Riddle-Bour; Castro-Riddle-Bour)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Greinke (W, 8-5)7.07000603.411.1127.0
      J. De La Rosa1.12000103.281.461.5
      F. Salas0.11000103.721.27-0.5
      A. Chafin0.10000001.551.100.0
      Total9.01000080---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Greinke (W, 8-5)7.0
      J. De La Rosa1.1
      F. Salas0.1
      A. Chafin0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Richards (L, 2-5)4.06332305.061.48-2.5
      N. Wittgren2.03111003.631.611.0
      T. Guerrero1.00001104.501.552.5
      B. Graves2.02000002.701.204.0
      Total9.01144440---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Richards (L, 2-5)4.0
      N. Wittgren2.0
      T. Guerrero1.0
      B. Graves2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - Z. Greinke (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 103-73, J. De La Rosa 20-13, F. Salas 7-5, A. Chafin 4-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 6-9, J. De La Rosa 1-1, A. Chafin 1-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 29, J. De La Rosa 5, F. Salas 2, A. Chafin
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 75-47, N. Wittgren 36-22, T. Guerrero 14-6, B. Graves 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 5-3, N. Wittgren 3-2, B. Graves 4-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Richards 19, N. Wittgren 9, T. Guerrero 3, B. Graves 7
      • 6TH INNING
        Greinke singled to right center, Ahmed scored40
      • 2ND INNING
        Goldschmidt singled to left, Greinke scored30
      • 1ST INNING
        Ahmed doubled to left, Lamb scored, Descalso to third20
        Descalso reached on fielder's choice to second, Goldschmidt scored, Lamb to third, Peralta out at second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Graves Pitching:
        • K. Marte: Marte singled to center
        • J. Jay: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jay grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Marte out at second
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Goldschmidt lined out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. De La Rosa Pitching:
        • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Ball, Shuck fouled out to third
        • Fernando Salas relieved Jorge De La Rosa
        • B. Holaday: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Holaday struck out swinging
        • Lewis Brinson hit for Brett Graves
        • L. Brinson: Foul, Brinson reached on an infield single to pitcher, Brinson to second on Salas fielding error
        • Andrew Chafin relieved Fernando Salas
        • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dietrich grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brett Graves pitching
        • D. Descalso: Descalso grounded out to second
        • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ahmed grounded out to third
        • J. Dyson: Dyson reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • J. Mathis: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dyson stole second, Mathis grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jorge De La Rosa pitching
        • Ketel Marte at second base
        • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
        • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castro singled to center
        • J. Riddle: Riddle singled to left, Castro to second
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Riddle out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Tayron Guerrero relieved Nick Wittgren
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
        • J. Lamb: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lamb walked
        • D. Peralta: Peralta popped out to shortstop
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Lamb caught stealing, pitcher to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • B. Holaday: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Holaday singled to right
        • Yadiel Rivera hit for Tayron Guerrero
        • Y. Rivera: Strike swinging, Rivera lined out to left
        • D. Dietrich: Foul, Ball, Dietrich flied out to deep left
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Anderson flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • N. Wittgren Pitching:
        • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ahmed singled to left center
        • J. Dyson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Dyson grounded out to shortstop, Ahmed to second
        • J. Mathis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mathis lined out to left
        • Z. Greinke: Greinke singled to right center, Ahmed scored
        • J. Jay: Ball, Strike swinging, Jay grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Greinke out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Castro lined out to center
        • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Riddle singled to right center
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Rojas struck out looking
        • J. Shuck: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Shuck struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Nick Wittgren pitching
        • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt doubled to deep right center
        • J. Lamb: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lamb walked
        • D. Peralta: Ball, Peralta grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Goldschmidt to third, Lamb out at second
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Foul, Descalso popped out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
        • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson fouled out to first
        • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Bour lined out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • J. Mathis: Ball, Mathis singled to left center, Mathis out at second
        • Z. Greinke: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Greinke flied out to right
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jay grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • J. Riddle: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Riddle grounded out to catcher
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rojas singled to left
        • J. Shuck: Ball, Ball, Shuck flied out to deep center
        • B. Holaday: Foul, Holaday singled to left, Rojas to second
        • Cameron Maybin hit for Trevor Richards
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Peralta struck out looking
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Descalso walked
        • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ahmed reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Descalso out at second
        • J. Dyson: Ball, Ball, Dyson grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • T. Richards: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Richards struck out swinging
        • D. Dietrich: Foul, Ball, Dietrich safe at first on 3rd baseman Descalso fielding error
        • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Anderson fouled out to right, Dietrich to second
        • J. Bour: Strike looking, Bour reached on an infield single to second, Dietrich to third
        • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Castro grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • J. Mathis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mathis struck out looking
        • Z. Greinke: Greinke singled to center
        • J. Jay: Ball, Jay flied out to left
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Greinke stole second, Goldschmidt singled to left, Greinke scored
        • J. Lamb: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Lamb struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Riddle singled to left center
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
        • J. Shuck: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Shuck singled to right, Riddle to third
        • B. Holaday: Holaday grounded into double play third to second to first, Shuck out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay grounded out to second
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt singled to left
        • J. Lamb: Ball, Strike looking, Lamb singled to center, Goldschmidt to second
        • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Peralta walked, Goldschmidt to third, Lamb to second
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Descalso reached on fielder's choice to second, Goldschmidt scored, Lamb to third, Peralta out at second
        • N. Ahmed: Foul, Ahmed doubled to left, Lamb scored, Descalso to third
        • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Dyson popped out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Ball, Dietrich hit by pitch
        • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Anderson reached on fielder's choice to third, Dietrich out at second
        • J. Bour: Bour fouled out to third
        • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Castro grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)