Greinke again rules on road as Diamondbacks shut out Braves

ATLANTA (AP) Arizona manager Torey Lovullo asked his team for a strong finish before the All-Star break.

Zack Greinke set the example.

Greinke added another road win to his strong first half by allowing only four hits in 7 2/3 innings, extending Atlanta's offensive slump, and the Diamondbacks shut out the Braves 3-0 on Saturday.

''He was fantastic,'' Lovullo said. ''Our guy, our All-Star goes out there and pitches into the eighth inning and really was in control every inning.''

Greinke (10-5), named to the NL All-Star team on Thursday as a replacement for Chicago's Jon Lester, has won five straight decisions. The 34-year-old right-hander has been especially strong away from home, winning five straight road starts since June 8.

Greinke had seven strikeouts, did not walk a batter and allowed no more than one baserunner in any inning.

Even though he has not lost since June 13 against Pittsburgh, Greinke said he felt stronger than in other games, including his last start against San Diego.

''It felt good from the get-go,'' Greinke said. ''Way different from the last game. ... My fastball was really good today. That kind of made all the other pitches better.''

Ketel Marte hit a sixth-inning homer for Arizona, which has won the first two games of the three-game series and has matched its 2017 team record of 53 wins before the All-Star break. The Diamondbacks began the day one-half game behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West.

''I've asked these guys openly to make sure they come out and play good baseball before the break and coming out of the break,'' Lovullo said. ''It's very important to us. I'm proud of them. They're executing and playing good baseball. That's the bottom line.''

The Braves, who have lost eight of 10, remained 1 1/2 games behind Philadelphia in the NL East.

An offensive slump is a big reason Atlanta fell out of first place this week after holding at least a share of the division lead since May 31. The Braves have scored no more than two runs in six of their last nine games.

''You know you're going to go through this,'' said Braves manager Brian Snitker. ''We went a long time without experiencing it. We're in a rut here, but you look up and we're still in the thick of it. We're still close.''

Brad Boxberger pitched around a one-out single by Nick Markakis in the ninth for his 24th save.

Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb, who didn't walk more than three batters in any of his five June starts, has had renewed control problems in July. Newcomb (8-5) walked three of Arizona's first four batters, setting up Steven Souza Jr.'s bases-loaded single to left field.

Newcomb allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He has issued 12 walks in three starts this month.

Newcomb threw 36 pitches in the long first inning. He regrouped to record 10 straight outs after Souza's single before Chris Owings singled with two outs in the fourth and scored on a double off the left-field wall by Jeff Mathis.

Marte's homer gave Arizona a 3-0 lead and knocked Newcomb out of the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation for the second time in four weeks. The surprise move was made shortly before the game after Vizcaino said he was unavailable to pitch. ''It's concerning, very much so I think,'' Snitker said. RHP Peter Moylan was reinstated from the 10-day DL.

BRADLEY'S HOLDS

Arizona's Archie Bradley earned his 26th hold of the season, the most in the majors before the All-Star break since 1969, when holds became an official statistic, according to the Diamondbacks. Pittsburgh's Mark Melancon also had 25 holds before the break in 2013.

LOOKING AHEAD

Braves LHP Max Fried, on the 10-day DL with a left middle finger blister, is an option to start on July 24 at Miami if LHP Luiz Gohara is not yet sufficiently stretched out at Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves need help in their rotation with RHP Brandon McCarthy (right knee tendinitis) and RHP Mike Soroka (right shoulder inflammation) on the DL.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (6-3, 3.09) has a 1.54 ERA in his last four starts since June 22.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (6-6, 4.47) is 3-1 with a 3.15 ERA in seven career starts against Arizona. He did not face the Diamondbacks in 2017.

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  • W: Z. Greinke (10-5)L: S. Newcomb (8-5)S: B. Boxberger (24)
  • HR: ARI - K. Marte (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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N. Ahmed SS40000011.230.286.430.716-0.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B30000100.281.387.537.9241.0
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S. Souza RF40110001.197.265.316.5812.0
K. Marte 2B41111014.240.304.424.7285.5
C. Owings 3B41100013.194.259.284.5431.5
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B. Boxberger P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Bradley in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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O. Albies 2B40000023.282.319.519.837-1.0
F. Freeman 1B40100010.315.404.532.9360.5
N. Markakis RF40100011.323.388.489.8770.5
T. Flowers C40100021.237.363.374.7371.0
R. Acuna LF-CF40000022.255.311.448.760-1.0
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A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Swanson SS30200000.249.305.401.7062.0
S. Newcomb P00000000.071.103.107.2110.0
J. Camargo 3B20000001.247.346.423.7690.0
  • a-walked for Inciarte in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Jackson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Pollock (12), J. Mathis (5)
  • HR - K. Marte (9)
  • RBI - S. Souza (6), K. Marte (35), J. Mathis (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Marte (13), J. Mathis (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Flowers (6)
  • SH - S. Newcomb (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke (W, 10-5)7.24000703.181.1130.5
A. Chafin0.00001001.591.12-1.0
A. Bradley (H, 26)0.10000101.970.920.5
B. Boxberger (S, 24)1.01000303.061.2210.5
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke (W, 10-5)7.2
A. Chafin0.0
A. Bradley (H, 26)0.1
B. Boxberger (S, 24)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Newcomb (L, 8-5)5.24333213.511.281.0
S. Carle1.11000102.761.162.5
L. Jackson1.01000102.871.282.5
A. Minter1.01000103.291.302.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Newcomb (L, 8-5)5.2
S. Carle1.1
L. Jackson1.0
A. Minter1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 103-66, A. Chafin 6-2, A. Bradley 4-4, B. Boxberger 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 10-6
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 27, A. Chafin, A. Bradley, B. Boxberger 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 102-64, S. Carle 21-15, L. Jackson 17-11, A. Minter 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 9-6, S. Carle 2-1, L. Jackson 1-1, A. Minter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 24, S. Carle 5, L. Jackson 4, A. Minter 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Peralta LF41100111.285.348.500.8482.5
N. Ahmed SS40000011.230.286.430.716-0.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B30000100.281.387.537.9241.0
A. Pollock CF30100100.286.350.582.9323.0
S. Souza RF40110001.197.265.316.5812.0
K. Marte 2B41111014.240.304.424.7285.5
C. Owings 3B41100013.194.259.284.5431.5
J. Mathis C40210000.196.290.262.5524.0
Z. Greinke P30000011.270.325.351.676-0.5
A. Chafin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Bradley in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF30000021.241.312.337.649-1.0
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O. Albies 2B40000023.282.319.519.837-1.0
F. Freeman 1B40100010.315.404.532.9360.5
N. Markakis RF40100011.323.388.489.8770.5
T. Flowers C40100021.237.363.374.7371.0
R. Acuna LF-CF40000022.255.311.448.760-1.0
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A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Swanson SS30200000.249.305.401.7062.0
S. Newcomb P00000000.071.103.107.2110.0
J. Camargo 3B20000001.247.346.423.7690.0
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  • a-walked for Inciarte in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Jackson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Pollock (12), J. Mathis (5)
  • HR - K. Marte (9)
  • RBI - S. Souza (6), K. Marte (35), J. Mathis (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Marte (13), J. Mathis (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Flowers (6)
  • SH - S. Newcomb (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke (W, 10-5)7.24000703.181.1130.5
A. Chafin0.00001001.591.12-1.0
A. Bradley (H, 26)0.10000101.970.920.5
B. Boxberger (S, 24)1.01000303.061.2210.5
Total9.05001110---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke (W, 10-5)7.2
A. Chafin0.0
A. Bradley (H, 26)0.1
B. Boxberger (S, 24)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Newcomb (L, 8-5)5.24333213.511.281.0
S. Carle1.11000102.761.162.5
L. Jackson1.01000102.871.282.5
A. Minter1.01000103.291.302.5
Total9.0733351---
PITCHERSIP
S. Newcomb (L, 8-5)5.2
S. Carle1.1
L. Jackson1.0
A. Minter1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 103-66, A. Chafin 6-2, A. Bradley 4-4, B. Boxberger 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 10-6
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 27, A. Chafin, A. Bradley, B. Boxberger 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 102-64, S. Carle 21-15, L. Jackson 17-11, A. Minter 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 9-6, S. Carle 2-1, L. Jackson 1-1, A. Minter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 24, S. Carle 5, L. Jackson 4, A. Minter 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Marte homered to center30
  • 4TH INNING
    Mathis doubled to deep left, Owings scored20
  • 1ST INNING
    Souza singled to left, Peralta scored, Goldschmidt to third, Pollock to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • A.J. Minter pitching
    • Ch. Owings: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Owings grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mathis singled to right
    • John Ryan Murphy hit for Archie Bradley
    • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Murphy flied out to deep center
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Boxberger pitching
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis singled to left
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Flowers struck out on foul tip
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Acuna struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Luke Jackson relieved Shane Carle
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt popped out to first
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pollock doubled to deep left
    • S. Souza: Souza grounded out to first, Pollock to third
    • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Danny Santana hit for Luke Jackson
    • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Swanson singled to left center
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Camargo flied out to center
    • Andrew Chafin relieved Zack Greinke
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Ender Inciarte
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Culberson walked, Swanson to second
    • Archie Bradley relieved Andrew Chafin
    • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • S. Carle Pitching:
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Mathis grounded out to shortstop
    • Z. Greinke: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Greinke struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Peralta singled to left center
    • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Ahmed lined out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Freeman flied out to center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Flowers doubled to deep left
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Pollock grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Souza: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Souza grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte homered to center
    • Johan Camargo at third base
    • Shane Carle pitching
    • Ch. Owings: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Owings grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Camargo grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Albies flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Peralta grounded out to second
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Ahmed struck out looking
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna flied out to deep center
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Flaherty grounded out to second
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • S. Souza: Strike looking, Souza lined out to center
    • K. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Marte grounded out to third
    • Ch. Owings: Ball, Ball, Owings singled to left
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Mathis doubled to deep left, Owings scored
    • Z. Greinke: Foul, Greinke flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Freeman grounded out to second
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flowers lined out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ahmed flied out to right
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Goldschmidt grounded out to second
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Strike looking, Pollock popped out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Swanson singled to left
    • S. Newcomb: Ball, Strike looking, Newcomb hit sacrifice bunt to third, Swanson to second
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte lined out to left
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Foul, Mathis grounded out to shortstop
    • Z. Greinke: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Greinke grounded out to catcher
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Peralta flied out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Acuna grounded out to third
    • R. Flaherty: Flaherty grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Peralta walked
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ahmed grounded out to first, Peralta to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pollock walked, Peralta to third, Goldschmidt to second
    • S. Souza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Souza singled to left, Peralta scored, Goldschmidt to third, Pollock to second
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Marte popped out to first
    • Ch. Owings: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Owings struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte struck out looking
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman singled to right
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Markakis grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)