Greinke keys D’backs’ shutout

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - BASEBALL -

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.

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Ke­tel Marte slides home in the third in­ning of the Di­a­mond­backs’ win over the Jays.

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