Both starting pitchers have had their issues this season, but both Zack Greinke and Dallas Keuchel were on top of their respective games this afternoon in Houston, trading zeroes over the first six innings. Neither side got a runner past second base until two outs in the bottom of the sixth, and Greinke snuffed that threat out. The Diamondbacks then immediately struck, with Rickie Weeks singling, and scoring all the way from first on a long double off the bat of Welington Castillo. Jake Lamb was hit by a pitch, Chris Owings singled home Castillo, and a pair of sacrifice flies moved Lamb around the bases for Arizona's third score.
Greinke, meanwhile, produced easily his best performance of the year, tossing seven shutout innings. He allowed only four hits, all singles, walked none and struck out 11 - that's the most by a Diamondbacks pitcher in more than two years (since Wade Miley matched it in May 2014). Daniel Hudson fanned a couple in a perfect eighth inning, and Brad Ziegler converted another save opportunity in the ninth, for our third shutout of the year. Arizona escaped Houston with a split of these two games, and ended the team's losing streak against the Astros at three. soco will be along later with a fuller recap.