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Zack Greinke provided another ace performance on Friday night, but the offense struggled against Atlanta’s Julio Teheran, leading to Atlanta’s first win over the Arizona this season.

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Diamondbacks News

Atlanta 2, Arizona 1

Zack Greinke more or less cruised through seven strong innings, allowing only one run on five hits while striking out seven and walking none. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, Julio Teheran managed to keep the Arizona bats off balance, allowing only one run through six innings of his own. Atlanta then won the battle of the bullpens, with Ronald Acuña, Jr. swatting a solo home run off of Yoan López in the eighth inning to tally the winning run.

Greinke’s Stellar Night Spoiled

Arizona’s ace turned in a commanding performance, but the Diamondbacks’ offense was absent and the high leverage bullpen was unable to stave off Atlanta’s bats.

Greinke, Diamondbacks Lose Pitchers’ Duel

Zack Greinke pitched like he has ice water in his veins, limiting the Braves to only one run through seven innings. Arizona’s offense had its own troubles though, unable to get anything going against Atlanta’s Julio Teheran.

Ildemaro Vargas Optioned to Reno

The Diamondbacks optioned utility infielder, Ildemaro Vargas to AAA-Reno after their 2-1 loss on Friday night. A corresponding move, likely the activation of catcher Alex Avila, will be made later today.

Christian Walker Making His Case

Christian Walker has spent his entire professional career blocked by high profile first basemen. Now, with Jake Lamb injured, Walker is making the most of the opportunity to prove he belongs in the lineup every day.

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