Greinke leads Diamondbacks past Pirates for 4-game sweep

PITTSBURGH (AP) Zack Greinke did a little bit of everything on Thursday, holding the Pirates to two hits over seven innings and adding a big hit of his own to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-0 victory and a four-game sweep of 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 (4-1) was deceptive, not overpowering. Despite a fastball that averaged around 90 mph, he got 17 of them to go for called strikes.

''I was just locating pretty good,'' Greinke said. ''I probably also threw another 10 that were just an inch away from being a strike. So, that was probably the key, the ball was just going where I wanted it to.''

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 Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (1-3), 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 went home 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.

''He 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.

The six total extra-base hits gave Arizona an NL-leading 108 on the season.

Taillon lasted five innings and allowed a season-high five earned runs on six hits. He struck out five.

''I thought I made a lot of really good pitches today,'' Taillon said. ''The ones that I didn't, they let me know they weren't good pitches.''

Andrew Chafin worked around two hits in the eighth and Yoshihisa Hirano finished the shutout in the ninth.

COLD SNAP

The Pirates have now lost five straight games after winning five in a row to surge to first place in the NL Central. Pittsburgh scored just seven runs in the series, but manager Clint Hurdle credited the hot Arizona bats for breaking up his team's momentum, which had been built on strong starting pitching.

''They have a balanced offense. They have speed, they have power,'' he said. ''Sometimes it's when you play people as well, I've said that all along. Not who you play, but when you play them.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: OF Adam Jones (left hand soreness) was held out of the lineup for the second straight game.

Pirates: OF Bryan Reynolds (left quadriceps discomfort) missed his second straight game after being removed from Tuesday's contest. . SS Erik Gonzalez underwent surgery on his broken left collarbone and is expected to miss 10 to 12 weeks.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (0-1, 3.95 ERA) will start Friday night as the team returns to Arizona to face the Chicago Cubs after an 8-2 record on its road trip.

Pirates: RHP Chris Archer (1-1, 2.74) will start a three-game series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

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  • W: Z. Greinke (4-1)L: J. Taillon (1-3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Dyson LF52310001.333.418.544.9628.0
I. Vargas 2B40000023.212.212.364.576-1.0
E. Escobar 3B21010011.284.367.463.8302.5
C. Walker 1B41210010.341.398.6941.0925.5
K. Marte CF30110101.250.283.490.7733.0
B. Swihart RF40010013.194.256.306.5620.5
N. Ahmed SS40100011.268.298.412.7101.5
J. Murphy C40100012.276.382.6211.0031.5
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  • a-flied out for Chafin in the 9th
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C. Tucker SS40200000.286.318.571.8902.0
G. Polanco RF40000024.333.385.417.801-1.0
C. Moran 2B30000102.265.357.449.8061.0
J. Bell 1B40000031.284.368.593.961-1.5
J. Kang 3B40100010.172.243.406.6490.5
J. Shuck LF40000021.195.340.244.584-1.0
E. Diaz C30000000.125.125.125.2500.0
J. Martin CF30000010.229.289.286.575-0.5
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K. Kela P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-fouled out for Taillon in the 5th
  • b-singled for Crick in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Walker 2 (9), N. Ahmed (8), J. Murphy
  • 3B - J. Dyson, Z. Greinke
  • SF - E. Escobar
  • RBI - J. Dyson (8), E. Escobar (14), C. Walker (15), K. Marte (21), B. Swihart (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Dyson, E. Escobar, B. Swihart, J. Murphy 2 (2)
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Polanco 2 (2), C. Moran 2 (2), J. Bell, J. Shuck
FIELDING
  • DP - (Tucker-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke (W, 4-1)7.02001703.720.9931.5
A. Chafin1.02000202.891.502.0
Y. Hirano1.01000004.501.702.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke (W, 4-1)7.0
A. Chafin1.0
Y. Hirano1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (L, 1-3)5.06550504.061.131.5
F. Liriano2.02000300.001.295.5
K. Crick1.00001107.201.002.5
K. Kela1.01000005.591.342.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (L, 1-3)5.0
F. Liriano2.0
K. Crick1.0
K. Kela1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 105-70, A. Chafin 20-13, Y. Hirano 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 9-5, Y. Hirano 1-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 24, A. Chafin 5, Y. Hirano 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Taillon (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 76-56, F. Liriano 27-22, K. Crick 14-8, K. Kela 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 8-2, K. Crick 1-0, K. Kela 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 22, F. Liriano 8, K. Crick 3, K. Kela 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Dyson LF52310001.333.418.544.9628.0
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E. Escobar 3B21010011.284.367.463.8302.5
C. Walker 1B41210010.341.398.6941.0925.5
K. Marte CF30110101.250.283.490.7733.0
B. Swihart RF40010013.194.256.306.5620.5
N. Ahmed SS40100011.268.298.412.7101.5
J. Murphy C40100012.276.382.6211.0031.5
Z. Greinke P31100020.462.5001.2311.7313.0
A. Chafin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Chafin in the 9th
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C. Tucker SS40200000.286.318.571.8902.0
G. Polanco RF40000024.333.385.417.801-1.0
C. Moran 2B30000102.265.357.449.8061.0
J. Bell 1B40000031.284.368.593.961-1.5
J. Kang 3B40100010.172.243.406.6490.5
J. Shuck LF40000021.195.340.244.584-1.0
E. Diaz C30000000.125.125.125.2500.0
J. Martin CF30000010.229.289.286.575-0.5
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  • a-fouled out for Taillon in the 5th
  • b-singled for Crick in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Walker 2 (9), N. Ahmed (8), J. Murphy
  • 3B - J. Dyson, Z. Greinke
  • SF - E. Escobar
  • RBI - J. Dyson (8), E. Escobar (14), C. Walker (15), K. Marte (21), B. Swihart (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Dyson, E. Escobar, B. Swihart, J. Murphy 2 (2)
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Polanco 2 (2), C. Moran 2 (2), J. Bell, J. Shuck
FIELDING
  • DP - (Tucker-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke (W, 4-1)7.02001703.720.9931.5
A. Chafin1.02000202.891.502.0
Y. Hirano1.01000004.501.702.0
Total9.0500190---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke (W, 4-1)7.0
A. Chafin1.0
Y. Hirano1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (L, 1-3)5.06550504.061.131.5
F. Liriano2.02000300.001.295.5
K. Crick1.00001107.201.002.5
K. Kela1.01000005.591.342.0
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PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (L, 1-3)5.0
F. Liriano2.0
K. Crick1.0
K. Kela1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 105-70, A. Chafin 20-13, Y. Hirano 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 9-5, Y. Hirano 1-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 24, A. Chafin 5, Y. Hirano 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Taillon (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 76-56, F. Liriano 27-22, K. Crick 14-8, K. Kela 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 8-2, K. Crick 1-0, K. Kela 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 22, F. Liriano 8, K. Crick 3, K. Kela 4
  • 5TH INNING
    Escobar hit sacrifice fly to center, Dyson scored50
    Dyson tripled to deep right, Greinke scored40
  • 4TH INNING
    Swihart grounded out to second, Walker scored, Marte to third30
  • 1ST INNING
    Marte grounded out to second, Escobar scored, Walker to third20
    Walker doubled to deep right, Dyson scored, Escobar to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Keone Kela pitching
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ahmed grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Murphy doubled to deep left
    • Wilmer Flores hit for Andrew Chafin
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Flores flied out to left
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Dyson lined out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Yoshihisa Hirano pitching
    • C. Moran: Ball, Moran lined out to center
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bell fouled out to third
    • J. Kang: Kang singled to left
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Shuck grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kyle Crick relieved Francisco Liriano
    • C. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte walked
    • B. Swihart: Foul, Foul, Swihart grounded into double play shortstop to first, Marte out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Andrew Chafin relieved Zack Greinke
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Diaz lined out to left
    • J. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • Melky Cabrera hit for Kyle Crick
    • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to left
    • C. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Tucker singled to left center, Cabrera to second
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • F. Liriano Pitching:
    • Z. Greinke: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Greinke struck out swinging
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Dyson singled to right center
    • I. Vargas: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
    • E. Escobar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kang struck out looking
    • J. Shuck: Shuck grounded out to catcher
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Francisco Liriano pitching
    • K. Marte: Marte flied out to deep left
    • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
    • N. Ahmed: Foul, Ahmed doubled to deep right
    • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • C. Tucker: Strike looking, Ball, Tucker lined out to first
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco grounded out to catcher
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moran lined out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • Z. Greinke: Ball, Greinke tripled to deep right
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Dyson tripled to deep right, Greinke scored
    • I. Vargas: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
    • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar hit sacrifice fly to center, Dyson scored
    • C. Walker: Walker grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Diaz grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martin grounded out to pitcher
    • Pablo Reyes hit for Jameson Taillon
    • P. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reyes fouled out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • C. Walker: Walker doubled to deep right
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Marte singled to right center, Walker to third, Marte to second
    • B. Swihart: Strike swinging, Ball, Swihart grounded out to second, Walker scored, Marte to third
    • N. Ahmed: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ahmed reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Marte out at home
    • J. Murphy: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • J. Kang: Ball, Kang grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Shuck struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Dyson: Dyson grounded out to second
    • I. Vargas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Vargas grounded out to second
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • J. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Martin grounded out to first
    • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Taillon singled to right
    • C. Tucker: Tucker singled to right, Taillon to second
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco reached on fielder's choice to second, Taillon to third, Tucker out at second
    • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Moran grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ahmed struck out swinging
    • J. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Murphy grounded out to third
    • Z. Greinke: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Greinke struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Kang fouled out to first
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Shuck struck out swinging
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz flied out to deep right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Dyson: Foul, Ball, Dyson singled to deep right
    • I. Vargas: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Vargas grounded out to first, Dyson to second
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar hit by pitch
    • C. Walker: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker doubled to deep right, Dyson scored, Escobar to third
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Marte grounded out to second, Escobar scored, Walker to third
    • B. Swihart: Strike swinging, Ball, Swihart flied out to shallow left
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • C. Tucker: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Tucker grounded out to third
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moran walked
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)