Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke found himself trailing 2-0 after three innings on Tuesday evening against the Padres. He served up two runs on a Hunter Renfroe homer in the first inning. Greinke decided to help his own cause in the top of the fourth.
Ketel Marte hit a one-out solo home run off of Padres starter Eric Lauer to put the D-Backs on the board. Nick Ahmed then singled and stole second base. John Ryan Murphy walked to put runners on first and second with one out for Greinke. Greinke fouled off a first-pitch fastball, then smoked a cut fastball 413 feet to center field for a go-ahead three-run home run.
Greinke now has seven home runs for his career, tied for the seventh-most homers hit by a pitcher since 2005. Carlos Zambrano has 21, Madison Bumgarner has 18 (he also homered on Tuesday night), Yovani Gallardo 12, Travis Wood 11, Adam Wainwright 10, and Micah Owings nine. Greinke is tied with Matt Cain and Dontrelle Willis at seven.
Update: Greinke hit his second home run of the game in the top of the sixth off of Adam Warren, going back-to-back with Murphy.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano had a six-game suspension reduced to four games Friday after appealing the penalty for his role in a benches-clearing brawl with the rival Houston Astros.
Major League Baseball said a settlement had been reached and the A’s were informed of the decision. Laureano was set to begin the four-game suspension Friday night and will miss a three-game weekend Bay Bridge Series against the San Francisco Giants. After sitting out Monday at Arizona, he will be eligible to play Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron received a 20-game suspension and a fine Tuesday for his role in the fracas at Oakland last Sunday. Laureano also received a fine.
Cintron’s suspension is the longest for an on-field transgression in 15 years, since Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers received 20 games for his altercation with two cameramen in 2005.
Laureano was hit by a pitch from Humberto Castellanos with one out in the seventh inning of Oakland’s 7-2 victory – the third time he got hit in the series and the fifth time overall for an A’s batter. Houston players weren’t plunked at all. He pointed at Castellanos and began exchanging words with a gesturing Cintron then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and began sprinting toward the 41-year-old Cintron.
Astros catcher Dustin Garneau tackled Laureano before the A’s outfielder got to the hitting coach. Laureano is a former Astros player and the rival clubs have been the top two teams in the AL West the past two years. A’s pitcher Mike Fiers, another former Houston player, revealed the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal in November to The Athletic.