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Greinke wins 17th, D-Backs top Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Zack Greinke pitched eight in­nings of twohit ball and Paul Gold­schmidt hit a two-run homer as the Ari­zona Diamondbacks de­feated the San Francisco Giants 2-0 on Satur­day night.

The Diamondbacks re­duced their Magic Num­ber for clinch­ing a play­off berth to six as they won for the 20th time in 25 games and for the ninth straight time on the road.

The Giants have dropped four straight, seven of their last eight and 15 of their last 20. They will need to win at least half of their re­main­ing 12 games to avoid their sec­ond 100-loss sea­son in fran­chise his­tory.

Greinke (17-6) struck out eight and gave up one walk as he moved into a three-way tie for the ma­jor league lead in vic­to­ries with Clay­ton Ker­shaw and Zach Davies.

Gold­schmidt home­red with two outs in the top of the first with David Per­alta aboard on a lead­off sin­gle. His 34th homer came on the first pitch he saw Madi­son Bum­gar­ner (3-9), a 92-mph fast­ball the Giants ace left over the mid­dle of the plate. Gold­schmidt drove the ball well into the bleach­ers in left cen­ter field, a shot es­ti­mated at 438 feet by Stat­cast.

Bellinger hits 38th HR to help Dodgers beat Na­tion­als

WASH­ING­TON — Cody Bellinger hit his 38th homer to match the Na­tional League sin­gle-sea­son record for rook­ies, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als 3-2 Satur­day to inch closer to the NL West ti­tle.

Chase Ut­ley had two dou­bles and scored twice to help the Dodgers re­duce their magic num­ber to win the di­vi­sion to five. Los Angeles also moved seven games ahead of the Na­tion­als in the race to se­cure home-field ad­van­tage through­out the NL play­offs.

LUBBOCK, Texas — Nic Shi­monek threw for six touch­downs, re­ceiver Dy­lan Cantrell had the goa­head score on a 3-yard run in the fi­nal two min­utes and Texas Tech beat Ari­zona State 52-45 in an­other high-scor­ing duel Satur­day night.

Kalen Bal­lage had one TD for the Sun Devils after ty­ing an NCAA record with eight scores in a 68-55 vic­tory in the desert last year.

Manny Wilkins’ deep pass on fourth-and-30 was over­thrown on the fi­nal Ari­zona State pos­ses­sion as the Sun Devils (1-2) fell short after ral­ly­ing from 18 points down at half­time and 14 be­hind late in the third quar­ter.

The Red Raiders started 2-0 for the fourth time in five sea­sons un­der coach Kliff Kings­bury.

Cantrell al­ready had two touch­down catches, a on­earmed grab for a first down and a leap­ing catch on the 90-yard go-ahead drive when he took a hand­off from Shi­monek on a sweep and stretched the ball over the goal line just inside the py­lon with 1:55 re­main­ing.

Shi­monek, who fin­ished with 543 yards pass­ing, had five scores at half­time after a one-hour weather de­lay be­fore kick­off.

Cantrell had a ca­reer­high 160 yards re­ceiv­ing and Keke Coutee set ca­reer marks with 12 catches for 186 yards. Coutee had one score.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

TEXAS TECH’S CAMERON BATSON SCORES a first-half touch­down while chased by Ari­zona State’s Das­mond Tau­ta­latasi dur­ing the first half Satur­day in Lubbock, Texas.

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