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Goldschmidt, Greinke lead Diamondbacks past Giants
August 26, 2017 / 5:08 AM / 2 months ago

Goldschmidt, Greinke lead Diamondbacks past Giants

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Goldschmidt, Greinke lead Diamondbacks past Giants

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt made franchise history on Friday night and Zack Greinke moved to the top of the 2017 charts. It was a good night for Arizona’s G-men.

Goldschmidt hit his 30th homer and became the first Diamondbacks player with three 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons. Greinke won his 15th game to move into a tie for the major league lead in Arizona’s 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night at Chase Field.

“Nothing against Arizona, but if (Goldschmidt) was on the East Coast he would be getting a lot of recognition for what he does,” Arizona catcher Chris Iannetta said.

Underrated?

“For me, yes,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “I don’t know why. I think inside of the game, every player knows Paul Goldschmidt and I think nationally a lot of people are starting to recognize he is a very special player.”

Goldschmidt’s homer capped a four-run third inning against left-hander Ty Blach.

Greinke (15-6) gave up seven hits and three runs (two earned) before leaving with two outs in the seventh inning after the Giants trimmed the deficit to 4-3 on an unearned run after shortstop Ketel Marte’s fielding error.

Greinke is tied with former Dodgers teammate Clayton Kershaw (15-2) for the major league lead in victories.

“I would never bet against him,” Greinke said when asked if the two had a side bet.

“It’s really nice. It came faster than expected.”

Greinke 12-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 15 home starts this season. He gave up seven hits and struck out four.

Goldschmidt, David Peralta and Chris Iannetta had two hits for Arizona (71-58), which has won four of five and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Colorado (68-59) for the National League wild-card lead after the Rockies lost at Atlanta.

Goldschmidt has 101 RBIs, tied for third in the NL.

“Honestly, my only focus is not on any numbers or individual stuff,” said Goldschmidt, who hit a hanging changeup into the left field seats.

“We are here in the playoff race. Find a way to help us win tonight and do the same thing tomorrow. Of course they mean more when it is not like a blowout win. When I‘m able to come through, it’s nice.”

Fernando Rodney pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 31st save in 36 chances.

Brandon Crawford had two doubles and a single, Pablo Sandoval had two hits and Nick Hundley had two RBIs for the Giants (52-78), who have lost four of six.

“(Crawford) swung it well,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “The back end of the order were getting the hits. Hundley, he swung it well. We couldn’t get guys n base for him.”

Crawford and Sandoval singled with one out in the second inning. Greinke picked Crawford off second base before Hundley doubled to drive in Sandoval for a 1-0 lead. Hundley was tagged in a rundown between second and third.

Peralta singled in the third inning before Iannetta did the same, and the runners moved up a base on center fielder Denard Span’s fielding error. Pollock beat out a dribbler to third to make it 1-1 before Goldschmidt homered for a 4-1 lead.

Crawford doubled to open the fifth and took third on Sandoval’s single. Crawford scored when Hundley grounded into a forceout at second to make it 4-2. Greinke got out of it with a double play.

Blach (8-10) gave up six hits and four runs in five innings. He struck out two and walked two.

NOTES: Arizona C Jeff Mathis (broken hand) was given a CT scan and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with an avulsion fracture, the Diamondbacks said. The regular season ends Oct. 1, and the National League wild-card game is Oct. 4. He was injured in Tuesday’s game against the Mets. ... C Chris Iannetta was paired with RHP Zack Greinke. Mathis had caught each of Greinke’s previous 25 starts this season. ... Giants 2B Joe Panik (concussion) was activated after missing 11 days. IF Orlando Calixte was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to make room on the roster. ... Arizona manager Torey Lovullo -- Salvatore Anthony Lovullo Jr. -- wore the nickname Sal on the back of his jersey for players’ weekend.

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