PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke had a complete game Sunday afternoon against the Padres.
No, Greinke didn’t pitch all nine innings, but he contributed in every way that he could, collecting a pair of hits, scoring two runs and making a nice defensive play as the D-backs beat the Padres, 8-4, at Chase Field.
The win snapped Arizona’s four-game losing streak and kept the D-backs from being swept in the four-game series.
Greinke (2-1) allowed a pair of runs on four hits over seven innings, with both of the runs coming via home runs. The right-hander walked one and struck out six.
“He’s been a stopper for us for a lot of subpar moments,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “So when you look around and see that he’s out there, it’s a really, really good feeling. That’s what energized our guys today.”
The first two innings of games have been a challenge for Greinke this year, as nine of the 14 runs he had allowed coming into Sunday came in those frames.
And while Manuel Margot got him for a homer to start off the game, Greinke cruised through the rest of the first and second innings.
“Just didn’t think as much,” Greinke said. “Maybe tried to do too much early this year and just kind of made pitches and did better.”
Greinke is hitting .444, and he hit a pair of homers in a start against San Diego on April 2. It has always been his dream to be a position player, and he takes his at-bats every bit as seriously as they do.
“Just following game plans and just asking questions like position players do with game-planning and how to attack pitchers offensively,” Lovullo said. “We use that to our advantage. We know that he’s going to walk up there and put a good swing on the baseball, and today, with two hits, it was a big day for him all the way around.”
Greinke singled in the third and doubled in the fifth. Both times, he came around to score.
“I put some balls in play and just found some holes, and that was nice,” Greinke said.
Greinke, who has won five consecutive Gold Glove Awards, also started two inning-ending double plays on balls hit back to the mound. In both cases, his throws to second were spot on, something that’s not always easy for a pitcher to do.
“He offers so much besides being a really good pitcher,” Lovullo said. “He picks up ground balls; he throws crisply and accurately to bases. He’s one of the best-fielding pitchers when he’s picking up bunts or running bunt plays.”
It was the first career pinch-hit homer for Peralta, who was getting a scheduled day off.
“Even if you’re not in the lineup, you always have to be ready for the opportunity, any kind of opportunity,” Peralta said. “So I was ready even before Torey mentioned something to me. He was looking for me, and I had my batting gloves and everything on.”