Six innings passed Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid Park without a single base runner reaching third base as Dallas Keuchel and Zack Greinke exchanged nothing but zeroes, but in the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0 win over the Astros, the seventh inning marked a shift.
All four batters Keuchel faced in the inning reached. Rickie Weeks Jr. started the inning with a single to centerfield, and Wellington Castillo followed with a double over Carlos Gomez’ head to put the Diamondbacks on top. After Jake Lamb was hit by a pitch, Chris Owings ended Keuchel’s afternoon with an RBI single. Pat Neshek replaced him and allowed a third run to score, so in six innings, Keuchel surrendered three runs on six hits. He struck out six to go with one walk.
Pat Neshek retired all three he faced, and Chris Devenksi followed with a pair of scoreless innings.
Greinke, who entered having won three straight starts and six of his last seven decisions sailed through most of the afternoon. He retired the first nine he faced, and after working around a leadoff single in the fourth, notched a 1-2-3 fifth inning. The Astros had runners at first and third against him in the sixth, but he stranded them there, and they couldn’t do anything with a 2-out single in the seventh.
The righthander left the game after the seven shutout innings allowing just four singles to go with a season-high 11 strikeouts, earning him his seventh win of the season. Daniel Hudson followed him with a perfect eighth inning, and Brad Ziegler put up a zero in the ninth for his tenth save of the season.
George Springer, Jose Altuve, Luis Valbuena, Carlos Correa, and Tony Kemp notched the Astros hits. Castillo and Owings had two hit days for Arizona.
The loss ends the Astros 5-game win streak and drops them to 25-30 on the season.