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Arizona manager Torey Lovullo had quite the dilemma when the
game was stopped by rain for the second time in the middle of the fourth inning.

When the showers subsided Authentic
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Greinke, and the ace right-hander delivered.

Greinke pitched six scoreless innings, Paul Goldschmidt homered and the
Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Saturday for their third
consecutive win.


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”We were having debates in here whether we should send Zack out or not,”
Lovullo said. ”He said he felt great and he wanted to keep pitching. Just felt
like we had to do the right thing and take him off the mound, but he saved us
today. He did a great job.”

David Peralta had two hits and two RBIs for NL West-leading Arizona.
Goldschmidt also walked twice and scored three times.

Greinke (7-5) allowed two hits Cheap
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, struck out seven and walked none. He also
doubled and scored on Jon Jay’s double in the fourth.

The Pirates hit just four balls out of the infield against Greinke, who had
never before stayed in through two rain delays. They combined to halt play for 1
hour, 21 minutes.

”Didn’t really know how to respond,” he said. ”Told Torey if it feels
terrible, I’d let them know. It wasn’t too bad.”

Greinke’s extra-slow curveball was especially effective. Sitting around 69
mph at a big separation from his 89 mph fastball Authentic
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, it accounted for four of his strikeouts.

”It’s obviously a weapon that slows the hitters down because it’s such a slow
pitch,” Arizona catcher Jeff Mathis said. “He has a good feel for it too. He’s
always looking for an opportunity to drop it in there.”

Arizona grabbed control with five runs in the first four innings against Joe
Musgrove (2-3).

Goldschmidt walked and scored on Peralta’s triple in the first. Peralta then
scored when Sean Rodriguez’s relay throw landed in the Pirates’ dugout.

The duo combined for another run in the third when Goldschmidt walked again
and scored on Peralta’s double. Chris Owings singled in Jake Lamb to make it
4-0.

”If I can’t control the inner half to the lefties, it’s a tough day for me to
get them out,” Musgrove said. ”It showed today.”

Goldschmidt hit his 17th homer in the seventh, and Lamb added an RBI single
in the ninth.

Musgrove’s day ended with the second rain stoppage. He allowed seven
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, struck out two and walked three.

ROUGH DAY

Rodriguez went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in addition to his error on his
bobblehead day. He is hitting .149 on the season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (strained right oblique) will make his third
rehab start on Monday.

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli, already on the seven-day disabled list, has
been diagnosed with a concussion. There is no timeframe for his return. … LF
Corey Dickerson returned from the Family Medical Emergency Leave List and
started. INF/OF Adam Frazier was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Clay Buchholz (1-1, 2.94 ERA) is expected to start the
series finale on Sunday. In three starts on the road, he has a 2.12 ERA and is
holding opponents to a .180 batting average.

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (6-4 Cheap
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, 4.00 ERA) is coming off one of his best
outings of the season, when he struck out seven over seven one-hit innings
Monday against Milwaukee.

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