The Diamondbacks overcame some hellacious struggles with runners in scoring position, to take the second game of the series against the World Champion Astros. They had Houston starter Charlie Morton on the ropes in a first inning where he walked four, but Arizona could only manage one run, on an A.J. Pollock sacrifice fly. David Peralta made it 2-0 with his sixth home-run of the year, and although the Astros got one back with a solo homer of their own, Zack Greinke crossed home plate (above) after doubling, on a Peralta single, to restore the two-run lead.
Greinke went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Archie Bradley got the next four outs, after Andrew Chafin couldn’t end the sixth, but Yoshihisa Hirano allowed two runs in the eighth, allowing the Astros to tie the game at 3-3. The bottom of the ninth started with a bunt single by Jeff Mathis - yes, really! - and ended with Pollock smashing the first pitch he saw from Houston closer Brad Peacock, off an infielder’s glove with the bases loaded. The D-backs were held to six hits, two from Peralta, while Paul Goldschmidt drew a pair of walks.