D-backs get 16th inside-the-park home run in team history; Greinke leaves with abdominal tightness

Zack Greinke left in the 8th inning
Posted at 4:06 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 19:06:10-04

PHOENIX — Zack Greinke pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning before exiting with a trainer and the Arizona Diamondbacks routed Chris Archer and the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-1 on Wednesday.

Greinke (6-1) allowed four hits in 7 2/3 innings, then walked off the mound with a 2-2 count on the Pirates' Cole Tucker. Greinke struck out five, walked none and raised his scoreless innings streak against the Pirates to 21 1/3 innings.

Manager Torey Lovullo said Greinke left due to abdominal tightness and will have an MRI on Friday.

Blake Swihart hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning. It was the 16th inside-the-park homer in Diamondbacks history, and the first at Chase Field since David Peralta's against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 12, 2017. Nick Ahmed hit an inside-the-park home run at the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 9, 2018.

Eduardo Escobar and Adam Jones also homered for the Diamondbacks, who went 6-1 against the Pirates this season.

Jarrod Dyson had two hits, scored three runs and stole two bases. Melky Cabrera drove in the Pirates' run with a two-out single in the ninth. Pirates pitcher Chris Archer's first start since April 26, after which he went on the 10-day injured list with right thumb pain, didn't go well. Archer walked the bases loaded in the first inning, and all three runners scored.

Archer (1-3) lasted just 3 2-3 innings, allowing six earned runs on four hits with four walks and a wild pitch. Dyson came home on Ketel Marte's soft single, Escobar scored on an error by third baseman Colin Moran and Nick Ahmed added a sacrifice fly to put Arizona ahead 3-0. Archer rallied to strike out the side in the second inning, but the Diamondbacks plated four runs in the fourth, all with two outs.

After Dyson's single, Escobar hit his ninth homer of the season. Jones' ninth homer curled inside the left-field foul pole and into the Diamondbacks bullpen in the fifth off Pittsburgh's Chris Stratton. Escobar doubled in Dyson for his third RBI of the game in the eighth.

Swihart hit a long flyball off the wall in right-center field and circled the bases for his second career inside-the-park homer. Josh Bell got two hits for the Pirates, extending his career-high hitting streak to 15 games.