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.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.