D-backs again fail to muster much offense in another series loss
The A’s went ahead to stay by taking advantage of some control problems for Greinke after he struck out the first two batters in the sixth. Matt Olson and Chad Pinder walked before Chapman sent a sharp liner into left field.
Greinke (3-4) had yielded only seven walks all season. The right-hander allowed six hits over six innings with five strikeouts.
Jake Lamb drove in Arizona’s only run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth.
The A’s have won nine of 13.
Zack Greinke of the state of the #Dbacks: "We're struggling. I don't know how to get out of it. We're going to. Hopefully sooner rather than later. We'll definitely get out of it." pic.twitter.com/jpEcAS0vqD
— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) May 27, 2018
Montas (1-0) was mostly dominant in his first start since Sept. 25, 2017. He retired his first 10 batters, took a no-hitter into the sixth and matched his career high with seven strikeouts.
The right-hander started two games previously while with the Chicago White Sox in 2015. He spent last year working out of Oakland’s bullpen where he earned his only other career win.
Lucroy’s homer off Greinke leading off the third was his first since Sept. 25, 2017, with Colorado.
Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller will make his first rehab start for High-A Visalia on Tuesday. Miller is attempting a comeback from Tommy John surgery last May.
Diamondbacks RHP Matt Koch (2-3, 3.77 ERA) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. Koch has allowed 12 earned runs over his previous 17 2/3 innings.