Greinke superb, D-Backs beat Reds, 6-3

PHOENIX- Zack Greinke was dealing and it was a team effort for Arizona in a 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds Friday night at Chase Field.

Zack Greinke was stellar on the mound and wasn’t too shabby with his bat either. Greinke pitched seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits, walking one and striking out seven. He singled home a run in the bottom of the fourth.

“He had the weight of 24 guys on his shoulder and he carried every one of us,” Manager Torey Lovullo said.

Brandon Drury led the way with two hits, Goldy chipped in with a homer, and David Peralta had a RBI double. Extra-base hits were the name of the game. Greinke’s single was the only base hit that scored a run.

“Key at-bat by David Peralta with a RBI,” Lovullo said.

The Reds runs came in the bottom of the ninth, from a Joey Votto blast off T.J McFarland that scored Zack Cozart. Cozart and Votto were a combined 0-6 entering the ninth.

Jake Barrett came in to relieve McFarland but even he couldn’t end the inning. He gave up a solo homer to Scott Schebler and suddenly it was a 6-3 game and the Reds were in striking distance.

Fernando Rodney, one night after blowing a save in a big game against the division-leading Dodgers, came in to relieve Barrett. Rodney set down Tucker Barnhart to end the game and pick up his 22nd save of the season.

“These athletes, what they want to do after a performance where they maybe not done their absolute best, they want to get out there as quickly as possible and turn the page,” Lovullo said.

Up Next: Arizona takes on Cincinnati in the second game of the three-game series Saturday night at 7:10 p.m.

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