Greinke wins 17th, Goldschmidt homers as Dbacks top Giants

Ray wasn't perfect on Friday in San Francisco, but he still gave up only two runs and continued his run of terrific form in the D-backs' 3-2 win over the Giants.

In continuing his bid for N.L. MVP, Goldschmidt hit a two-run shot off of Madison Bumgarner to start off the game.

But for a team that is on pace to lose 100 games, the Giants have made it abundantly clear: a resuscitated rotation must shovel the coal that will fuel any authentic hopes of a one-year turnaround.

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.

Ray and Greinke are also now the second duo in the majors to each reach 200.

It has been a difficult and soul-sucking season for everyone in the Giants clubhouse, and one unfortunate consequence is that all the failure has made Pence's relentless optimism harsh on the ear. He won his first eight decisions against San Francisco and took a 10-2 mark into Saturday's game. Were it not for a low fastball that Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt smashed into the left field bleachers, the Giants' ace likely would have instead thrown seven shutout innings. After a pitch-around walk to Joe Panik, Greinke struck out Jarrett Parker. Left-hander Robbie Ray notched his 14th win in a 3-2 triumph Friday night, after which right-hander Zack Greinke picked up his 17th victory in Saturday's triumph. A team with a fully functional Bumgarner, Crawford and Buster Posey already has a fantastic head start.

He seemed more excited about his hits against Bumgarner than anything he did on the mound, or on the bases. Goldschmidt's two-run homer, his 35th of the year, would prove to be enough. "My swing has felt good in (batting practice) lately". His 34th homer came on the first pitch he saw from Madison Bumgarner (3-9), a 92-mph fastball the Giants ace left over the middle of the plate.

Goldschmidt also hit the first pitch, raising his season RBI total to 115.

Bumgarner has hurt himself with a spate of home runs. "The stadium is still pretty full and it's still an awesome place to play". "Nothing Goldy does surprised me", Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo gushed after the game.

All indications are that the Giants have no plans to rebuild the team during the offseason, but rather reload and try to compete again in 2018. He's a special player.

Greinke has had a very good year overall but has saved a lot for the final weeks. "He does special things at special times".

NOTES: The Diamondbacks' ninth straight road win matched the franchise record set in August 2002. Only Colorado Rockies RF Carlos Gonzalez (19) has more. Over his last five starts, he's allowed just four earned and has managed three quality starts.

"When Greinke is on and hitting the edges, he's real tough", Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. And no matter whom the Giants acquire to play center, they'll need a competent defensive backup at the position. Fellow Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Gaylord Perry were on hand.

  • Leon Brazil