Greinke was able to keep the Braves off the scoreboard until they managed a pair of runs in the sixth.
"I didn't feel real sharp going into the game, but once the game went on I made better pitches," Greinke said. "I started out bad -- 3-0 on [leadoff hitter Nick] Markakis so I got a little nervous there and then kind of got through that inning pretty good."
After Freddie Freeman's single in the first, Greinke retired nine straight hitters. Included in that stretch were five consecutive strikeouts, which tied his career high.
"I was pretty happy about it," Greinke said. "It was a nice little five batter stretch."
When the D-backs signed Greinke to a six-year, $206.5 million deal this offseason they did so with the hope that he would be the guy they could count on to snap losing streaks. It's something that Greinke understands comes with the territory.
"Just have to make good starts probably especially in that situation," Greinke said of stopping a losing streak. "It's probably more important than if you're in a five-game winning streak. Your main job is just to pitch good all year."