Greinke and 4 relievers lead Diamondbacks past Blue Jays 6-0

TORONTO (AP) Zack Greinke got an extra day off after being slowed by a stiff neck in his last start. It paid off as he came out strong against the struggling Toronto Blue Jays.

Greinke and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, Alex Avila and Kevin Cron hit solo home runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Blue Jays 6-0 on Saturday.

Nick Ahmed drove in two runs as the Diamondbacks won their third straight.

''Great team win,'' outfielder Jarrod Dyson said. ''Zack pitched his butt off.''

Greinke (7-2) allowed four hits in six-plus innings to win for the first time in four starts. He was 0-1 in three games since a May 15 victory over Pittsburgh.

''The fastball command wasn't amazing but the offspeed was good to keep them off balance a little bit,'' Greinke said.

Toronto was blanked for the fifth time this season, all of them coming at home. The Blue Jays didn't put a runner in scoring position until the fifth, when Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-out single and Brandon Drury walked. Greinke struck out Luke Maile to end the threat.

''That's what Zack does,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ''He makes pitches when he has to.''

Greinke left a June 1 start against the Mets after four innings because of cramps in his neck. He then flipped places in the rotation with Merrill Kelly, who started Friday.

Three of Arizona's four shutouts this season have come on the road.

The Blue Jays lost for the 13th time in 16 games. Toronto has scored two runs or fewer five times in its past seven. They've scored two or fewer runs 26 times this season, second only to Miami (29).

Toronto went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men stranded.

''Things aren't happening right now,'' Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. said.

Greinke left after Gurriel Jr. tripled to begin the seventh. Andrew Chafin came on and struck out Rowdy Tellez. Yoshihisa Hirano fanned Hernandez and Brandon Drury to keep Toronto scoreless.

''It's hard to throw shutout baseball,'' Lovullo said. ''You're doing a lot right. One guy handed off to the next today to preserve that shutout.''

Matt Andriese pitched the eighth and Zack Godley finished.

Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-7) allowed five runs and six hits in six innings. He's 0-6 with a 5.71 ERA in eight starts since his most recent win, April 27 against Oakland.

Ahmed opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second, and the Diamondbacks pulled away with a three-run third, when the first four batters reached safely. Jarrod Dyson, Tim Locastro and Ketel Marte all singled, with Marte's hit bringing home a run, before David Peralta lined an RBI double to right. Two batters later, Ahmed capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

Avila made it 5-0 with a two-out homer in the sixth, his third.

Cron connected for the second straight game with a leadoff blast off Sam Gaviglio in the ninth.

''He smashed that ball today,'' Lovullo said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: OF Adam Jones (right hamstring) was held out of the starting lineup for a third straight game. Jones left Tuesday's game in the fourth inning.

Blue Jays: SS Freddy Galvis (left hamstring) was held out of the starting lineup. Drury made his fourth career start at shortstop.

OOPS!

Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero Jr. didn't run hard on his deep drive to center in the first and was held to a single when Dyson fielded the ball off the wall and threw it in quickly. ''You should always go hard,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

O CANADA

Arizona's last shutout north of the border was Aug. 30, 2000, in Montreal, when Randy Johnson struck out 10 in a five-hitter against the Expos.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (4-3, 3.62) has lost two straight starts. He's 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in his past five road outings.

Blue Jays: LHP Clayton Richard (0-1, 3.55) went 0-1 with a 6.60 ERA in three starts against Arizona while pitching for San Diego last season.

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  • W: Z. Greinke (7-2)L: A. Sanchez (3-7)
  • HR: ARI - A. Avila (3), K. Cron (2)
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      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Peralta (18)
      • HR - A. Avila (3), K. Cron (2)
      • SF - N. Ahmed (5)
      • RBI - K. Marte (44), D. Peralta (35), N. Ahmed 2 (25), A. Avila (8), K. Cron (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Ahmed (8), A. Avila (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Peralta 2 (2), A. Avila 3 (3), K. Cron 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 3B - L. Gurriel
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Grichuk 4 (4), B. Drury, L. Maile 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Dyson (14)
      • CS - K. Cron
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Greinke-Cron)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Greinke (W, 7-2)6.04002702.870.9425.5
      A. Chafin0.10000103.051.400.5
      Y. Hirano0.20000205.091.481.0
      M. Andriese1.01001104.241.321.5
      Z. Godley1.00000006.531.533.0
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Greinke (W, 7-2)6.0
      A. Chafin0.1
      Y. Hirano0.2
      M. Andriese1.0
      Z. Godley1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez (L, 3-7)6.06554314.251.54-0.5
      S. Gaviglio2.03110114.071.002.5
      T. Mayza1.01000003.181.192.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez (L, 3-7)6.0
      S. Gaviglio2.0
      T. Mayza1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 98-57, A. Chafin 3-3, Y. Hirano 13-9, M. Andriese 18-10, Z. Godley 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 3-7, M. Andriese 1-1, Z. Godley 1-2
      • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 23, A. Chafin, Y. Hirano 2, M. Andriese 5, Z. Godley 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 95-56, S. Gaviglio 30-21, T. Mayza 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 10-4, S. Gaviglio 2-3, T. Mayza 1-2
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 27, S. Gaviglio 9, T. Mayza 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      J. Dyson CF51200011.262.351.369.7204.5
      T. Locastro RF51200001.250.408.333.7413.0
      K. Marte 2B51110022.270.323.508.8302.0
      D. Peralta LF50110002.307.354.524.8773.0
      C. Walker DH31100112.259.328.491.8192.5
      I. Vargas 3B30000102.263.298.364.6621.0
      N. Ahmed SS30120001.265.320.404.7253.0
      A. Avila C31111103.216.429.431.8607.0
      K. Cron 1B31111102.261.308.6961.0036.0
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        C. Biggio 2B30000100.176.349.265.6141.0
        V. Guerrero 3B40200010.248.313.445.7591.5
        J. Smoak DH30100123.237.377.454.8301.0
        R. Grichuk RF40000015.228.286.423.709-0.5
        L. Gurriel LF40100010.253.313.495.8082.5
        R. Tellez 1B40000011.222.277.417.694-0.5
        T. Hernandez CF40100021.196.261.329.5900.0
        B. Drury SS20000111.229.269.399.6680.5
        L. Maile C30000022.173.225.267.492-1.0
        A. Sanchez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Peralta (18)
          • HR - A. Avila (3), K. Cron (2)
          • SF - N. Ahmed (5)
          • RBI - K. Marte (44), D. Peralta (35), N. Ahmed 2 (25), A. Avila (8), K. Cron (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Ahmed (8), A. Avila (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Peralta 2 (2), A. Avila 3 (3), K. Cron 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 3B - L. Gurriel
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Grichuk 4 (4), B. Drury, L. Maile 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Dyson (14)
          • CS - K. Cron
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Greinke-Cron)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Z. Greinke (W, 7-2)6.04002702.870.9425.5
          A. Chafin0.10000103.051.400.5
          Y. Hirano0.20000205.091.481.0
          M. Andriese1.01001104.241.321.5
          Z. Godley1.00000006.531.533.0
          Total9.05003110---
          PITCHERSIP
          Z. Greinke (W, 7-2)6.0
          A. Chafin0.1
          Y. Hirano0.2
          M. Andriese1.0
          Z. Godley1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sanchez (L, 3-7)6.06554314.251.54-0.5
          S. Gaviglio2.03110114.071.002.5
          T. Mayza1.01000003.181.192.0
          Total9.01066442---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sanchez (L, 3-7)6.0
          S. Gaviglio2.0
          T. Mayza1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 98-57, A. Chafin 3-3, Y. Hirano 13-9, M. Andriese 18-10, Z. Godley 14-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 3-7, M. Andriese 1-1, Z. Godley 1-2
          • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 23, A. Chafin, Y. Hirano 2, M. Andriese 5, Z. Godley 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 95-56, S. Gaviglio 30-21, T. Mayza 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 10-4, S. Gaviglio 2-3, T. Mayza 1-2
          • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 27, S. Gaviglio 9, T. Mayza 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Cron homered to left60
          • 6TH INNING
            Marte homered to left50
          • 3RD INNING
            Ahmed hit sacrifice fly to right, Marte scored, Peralta to third40
            Peralta doubled to deep right, Locastro scored, Marte to third30
            Marte singled to shallow center, Dyson scored, Locastro to second20
          • 2ND INNING
            Ahmed singled to left, Walker scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • K. Cron: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cron homered to left
            • Tim Mayza relieved Sam Gaviglio
            • J. Dyson: Strike swinging, Dyson grounded out to pitcher
            • T. Locastro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Locastro reached on an infield single to third
            • K. Marte: Foul, Ball, Marte lined out to right
            • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Peralta flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Zack Godley relieved Matt Andriese
            • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel lined out to center
            • R. Tellez: Foul, Tellez flied out to right
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • C. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Walker singled to center
            • I. Vargas: Strike looking, Vargas grounded out to first, Walker to second
            • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike looking, Marte flied out to left
            • A. Avila: Avila grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Andriese relieved Yoshihisa Hirano
            • L. Maile: Maile grounded out to third
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vargas walked
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Marte singled to center, Biggio to second
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Sam Gaviglio relieved Aaron Sanchez
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Dyson singled to right
            • T. Locastro: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Smoak flied out to center
            • K. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
            • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Peralta flied out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel tripled to left center
            • Andrew Chafin relieved Zack Greinke
            • R. Tellez: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
            • Yoshihisa Hirano relieved Andrew Chafin
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • B. Drury: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • I. Vargas: Vargas grounded out to first
            • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Avila: Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte homered to left
            • K. Cron: Cron flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Biggio lined out to right
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Guerrero struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Smoak singled to deep right
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte grounded out to second
            • D. Peralta: Strike swinging, Peralta grounded out to second
            • C. Walker: Strike looking, Walker grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
            • R. Tellez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Tellez grounded out to second
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Marte singled to left
            • B. Drury: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Drury walked, Hernandez to second
            • L. Maile: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Maile struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • K. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dyson popped out to shortstop
            • T. Locastro: Strike swinging, Cron caught stealing second, catcher to second, Locastro grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Guerrero lined out to right
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Smoak walked
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Marte lined into double play pitcher to first, Smoak out at first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Dyson singled to left
            • T. Locastro: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Ball, Dyson stole second, Locastro reached on an infield single to second, Dyson to third
            • K. Marte: Marte singled to shallow center, Dyson scored, Locastro to second
            • D. Peralta: Peralta doubled to deep right, Locastro scored, Marte to third
            • C. Walker: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
            • I. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vargas walked
            • N. Ahmed: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ahmed hit sacrifice fly to right, Marte scored, Peralta to third
            • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Avila flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Drury grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Maile: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Ball, Biggio flied out to left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Peralta grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Walker walked
            • I. Vargas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Vargas grounded out to first, Walker to second
            • N. Ahmed: Foul, Ahmed singled to left, Walker scored
            • A. Avila: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Avila walked, Ahmed to second
            • K. Cron: Strike looking, Strike looking, Cron grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel flied out to deep right
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Tellez grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Dyson struck out looking
            • T. Locastro: Ball, Strike looking, Locastro grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Biggio lined out to right
            • V. Guerrero: Guerrero singled to deep right center
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)