Zack Greinke and Fernando Rodney combined on a brisk two-hitter of the Giants at AT&T Park tonight, as the Diamondbacks won their ninth consecutive game away from Chase Field [remember when their road form was a cause for concern?] Greinke tossed eight shutout innings, with a pair of singles being all the offense that San Francisco could manage. Zack also walked one and struck out eight, improving his record this year to 17-6, and reducing his ERA to 2.87.
He also had a pair of doubles, becoming the first D-backs’ pitcher with multiple extra-base hits in the same game for more than seven years, since Dan Haren on May 21, 2010. But the big blow from the hitters came off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt. He delivered his 35th home-run with one man aboard and two outs in the first inning - that’s why he bats fourth... Other offense was tough to come by, as Arizona were held to seven hits: Brandon Drury had a pair. But it was enough on a night when Greinke rarely looked in trouble - the Giants had only three at-bats with a runner in scoring position. Rodney worked a perfect ninth, and the D-backs held their lead over the Rockies at five games.
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