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Greinke sharp, Diamondbacks beat Yankees 5-3
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Greinke sharp, Diamondbacks beat Yankees 5-3

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 2:40 p.m. ET

PHOENIX (AP) Zack Greinke pitched effectively into the eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks clinched their first regular-season series over the New York Yankees with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night.

Arizona blew out the Yankees 12-2 in the series opener and withstood a late rally Tuesday to win a regular-season series against the Bronx Bombers for the first time in six tries.

Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer off Michael Pineda (1-5) and the Diamondbacks, who beat New York in the 2001 World Series, had 10 hits.

Greinke (4-3) looked the part of an ace the Diamondbacks were expecting after signing him to a six-year, $175 million contract, striking out seven before appearing to tire late.


Brad Ziegler worked around a walk in the ninth for his eighth save and 36th straight overall.

Starlin Castro homered for New York.

Greinke has gone through an up-and-down start during his first season in the desert, entering Tuesday's game with a 5.26 ERA after leading the majors at 1.66 last season. He struggled the last time out, allowing four runs on eight hits in six innings in a loss to San Francisco.

The 2009 NL Cy Young Award winner was sharp against the Yankees, mixing a low-90s fastball with a curveball that dropped all the way to 67 mph. Greinke had the Yankees swinging and missing or hitting the ball into the ground, racking up 11 groundball outs.

His one big mistake: A fastball that Castro launched for a towering solo homer to center in the second inning.

Greinke was lifted after allowing two singles to open the seventh and the Yankees followed with a pair of run-scoring singles off Daniel Hudson.

Greinke allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings.

Pineda had allowed 28 runs in seven starts, with all but eight of those coming in the first two innings.

Working on an extra day's rest, Pineda limited the damage in the first two frames to a run-scoring single by Nick Ahmed in the second.

The problems came later.

Arizona scored two off him in the third on run-scoring singles by Paul Goldschmidt and Wellington Castillo, then Lamb launched a two-run homer into the pool deck in right-center to put the Diamondbacks up 5-1 in the fifth.

Pineda allowed five runs on nine hits and struck out five in five innings.


Yankees: 3B Alex Rodriguez could run the bases on Wednesday to test his strained right hamstring in hopes of being activated on Thursday.

Diamondbacks: Arizona RHP Rubby De La Rosa, who has been bothered by a sore groin and a blister on his finger, will skip his spot in the rotation with the Diamondbacks getting two off days over the next week.


Yankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi has made 113 career starts without a complete game, fourth-longest among active pitchers, heading into Wednesday series finale against Arizona.

Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller, Wednesday's starter, is 4-6 with a 4.59 ERA in 12 interleague starts.


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