Through five innings this was indeed the low-scoring game expected. Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander were pitching in very different ways, but were being almost as effective - aided in Zack’s case by Jon Jay robbing a home-run (above). Houston did inch ahead on a run-scoring double-play in the second, but that was it. Arizona then tied things up in the top of the sixth, after David Peralta hit a solo shot, his 28th home-run of the year. But the lead didn’t last, as Houston immediately retook the lead after the D-backs couldn’t quite turn another double-play.
Greinke’s day was over after 6.1 innings, having given up a home-run in the seventh. Two hits off Archie Bradley allowed an inherited runner to score and left Zack with a final line of four runs on eight hits and two walks. Brad Boxberger’s struggles continued in the eighth, though he certainly wasn’t helped by the defense. And that run proved crucial, as Arizona scored three runs in the ninth, including a two-run homer by Daniel Descalso. But the Diamondbacks managed only five hits, two of them by Peralta, and two walks.
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