PHOENIX — Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke beat the Philadelphia Phillies when he faced them two turns ago, and he will get another chance Tuesday while looking to tie a personal record for successful starts.
Greinke (10-3) is 7-0 in his last eight starts, a no-decision at Coors Field on Thursday breaking his career-best seven-start winning streak.
Greinke was 8-0 in a nine-start span with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015, when he finished 19-3 and led the league with a 1.62 ERA. A no-decision in a quality start against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on July 26 separated the first four victories from the last four.
The Phillies will counter with right-hander Jerad Eickhoff, who faced Greinke and gave up only three runs in a 3-1 loss on June 18. The difference in that game was sixth-inning homers by Nick Ahmed and Paul Goldschmidt, the latter a two-run shot that broke a tie at 1.
The Diamondbacks outscored the Phillies 22-5 while sweeping the four-game series at Citizens Bank Park from June 17-20, but Philadelphia turned things around with an 8-0 victory in the first game of a three-game set at Chase Field on Monday.
Philadelphia had a season-high 16 hits, 13 in the final four innings. Center fielder Odubel Herrera tied a career high with four hits, and Cesar Hernandez and Peter Bourjos had three hits apiece. Maikel Franco had two hits and drove in three runs.
“It wasn't a very good game,” Arizona manager Chip Hale said. “It was a very ugly game for us. Once it got out of hand, it kept going. You give them credit, they swung the bats well but we didn't play very well.”
Arizona was shut out on seven hits after setting a franchise record for hits in a four-game series with 56 at Colorado while splitting a four-game that ended Sunday. Arizona tied a franchise record for victories by going 7-3 on the trip.
Greinke has 2.18 ERA in his last eight starts, and he has held opponents to a .191 batting average and a .224 on-base percentage in that span. He has 45 strikeouts and nine walks in his last 57 2/3 innings.
Greinke's recent form is more what the Diamondbacks had in mind when they signed him over the winter. Since giving up 11 runs in 10 innings in his first two starts, both at Chase Field, Greinke is 10-1 with a .296 ERA. He has 79 strikeouts and 17 walks covering 97 1-3 innings in that span.
As the Diamondbacks en masse, Greinke has had some difficulty at Chase Field, renowned as a hitters' park. He is 5-3 with a 5.06 ERA in nine starts at Chase and 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA on the road.
The only run the Phillies got off him the last time was center fielder Odubel Herrera's bases-empty homer in the first inning.
Greinke's recent run also has given him a shot at a franchise record for wins before the All-Star break. Randy Johnson was 14-2 with a 1.80 in 19 starts before the break in 2000, and right-hander Curt Schilling was 14-3 with a 3.08 in 19 starts in 2002.