Greinke keys D’backs’ shutout
TORONTO — Zack Greinke and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, Alex Avila and Kevin Cron hit solo home runs and the Diamondbacks blanked the Blue Jays 6-0 on Saturday.
Nick Ahmed drove in two runs as the Diamondbacks won their third straight.
Greinke (7-2) allowed four hits in six innings to win for the first time in four starts. He left after Lourdes Gurriel Jr. tripled to begin the seventh. Andrew Chafin came on and struck out Rowdy Tellez. Yoshihisa Hirano fanned Hernandez and Drury to keep the shutout intact.
Matt Andreiese pitched the eighth, and Zack Goodley finished.
With the Diamondbacks leading 4-0 after five, Avila made it 5-0 with a two-out homer in the sixth, his third.
Cron connected for the second straight game with a leadoff blast off Sam Gaviglio in the ninth.
The Blue Jays were shut out for the fifth time this season. They didn’t put a runner into scoring position until the fifth, when Teoscar Hernandez singled with two outs before Brandon Drury. But Greinke struck out Luke Maile to end the threat.
The Jays have scored two runs or fewer five times in their last seven games. They’ve scored two or fewer runs 26 times this season, second only to the Marlins’ 29. The Jays went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-7) allowed five runs on six hits in six innings. He’s 0-6 with a 5.71 ERA in eight starts since his most recent win, April 27 against the A’s.
Ketel Marte slides home in the third inning of the Diamondbacks’ win over the Jays.