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Diamondbacks 1, Charlie Blackmon 2

Zack Greinke’s debut was very solid, but Blackmon’s two solo home-runs proved sufficient to avoid the sweep.

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The Diamondbacks’ offense had scored 17 runs over the first two games, but the spigot was abruptly turned off here. Arizona were held to only five hits, and couldn’t take advantage of the five walks they were given. The sole score for the D-backs came in the fourth inning after an error put runners on the corners with one out. Nick Ahmed grounded out, but just managed to hustle up the line first enough to avoid the double-play. David Peralta and A.J. Pollock each had a hit and a walk, while Jeff Mathis drew a pair of walks.

Zack Greinke took a shutout into the sixth, but hung a curve to Charlie Blackmon, who deposited it into the bleachers, tying the game. He left after 5.2 innings, Torey Lovullo not wanting to push him too far in his first start. Jorge De La Rosa, completed the sixth, and Fernando Salas worked a scoreless seventh, but was left in there to face Blackmon in the eighth, who promptly took him deep. The six D-backs subsequently up went down in order, but Arizona still won the opening series.