TORONTO (AP) — Zack Greinke and four relievers combined for a five-hit, 11 strikeout performance in a 6-0 shutout win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Alex Avila and Kevin Cron hit solo home runs while Nick Ahmed drove in two runs to extend the Arizona Diamondbacks’ winning streak to three.
Grienke (7-2) allowed four hits in six innings to win for the first time in four starts. He was 0-1 in three games since a May 15 victory over Pittsburgh.
Toronto was blanked for the fifth time this season. The Blue Jays didn’t put a runner in scoring position until the fifth when Teoscar Hernández hit a two-out single and Brandon Drury walked, but Greinke struck out Luke Maile to end the threat.
The Blue Jays have scored two runs or fewer five times in their past seven games. They’ve also scored two or fewer runs 26 times this season, second only to Miami (29).
Toronto went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men stranded.
Greinke left after Lourdes Gurriel Jr. tripled to begin the seventh. Andrew Chafin would come on to strikeout Rowdy Tellez and Yoshihisa Hirano fanned Hernández and Brandon Drury to finish the inning and keep Toronto scoreless.
Matt Andreiese and Zack Godley closed out the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-7) allowed five runs and six hits in six innings. He’s 0-6 with a 5.71 ERA in eight starts since his most recent win on April 27 against Oakland.
Ahmed opened the scoring with an RBI single in the third, and the Diamondbacks pulled away with a three-run fourth when the first four batters reached safely. Jarrod Dyson, Tim Locastro and Ketel Marte all singled, with Marte’s hit bringing home a run before David Peralta lined an RBI double to right. Two batters later, Ahmed capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.
Avila made it 5-0 with a two-out homer in the sixth, his third on the 2019 campaign.
Cron connected for the second straight game with a leadoff blast off Sam Gaviglio in the ninth.
Diamondbacks: OF Adam Jones (right hamstring) was held out of the starting lineup for a third straight game. Jones left Tuesday’s game in the fourth inning.
Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (4-3, 3.62) has lost two straight starts. He’s 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in his past five road outings.
Blue Jays: LHP Clayton Richard (0-1, 3.55) went 0-1 with a 6.60 ERA in three starts against Arizona while pitching for San Diego last season.