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Blach Outdueled by Greinke as Giants Drop Series to D'backs

PHOENIX — Diamondbacks stars have made a habit of getting healthy against the Giants.

Paul Goldschmidt was 3 for 30 when he arrived in San Francisco last week, but two homers got him untracked and he has been on a tear ever since. Zack Greinke took a 5.29 ERA into Thursday’s series finale but allowed just three hits and one run to an offense that continues to scuffle.

The Giants lost 3-1. They're 2-5 on the road trip and 7-11 on the season. That's no good. Anyway, here's what else you need to know from the final night at Chase Field ...

Pollock burns Blach: Ty Blach struck A.J. Pollock out in their first two matchups but caught too much of the plate with a fastball in the sixth and watched as it sailed deep into the seats in left. Pollock’s fourth homer of the season gave the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead. It was the first homer allowed by Blach this year.

Belt homers again: Brandon Belt crushed a 429-foot homer off Zack Greinke in the second inning, giving him blasts in back-to-back at-bats. Belt, Joe Panik and Evan Longoria are tied for the team lead with three homers apiece.

Posey struggling: Buster Posey grounded out, struck out and flied out before flaring a single to right in the ninth. He’s just 3 for 23 on the road trip, dropping his average to .288 after a couple of weeks flirting with .400. Posey missed Sunday’s game with a sore right thumb, so perhaps that’s still bothering him.

Jarrod beats Sam: Sam Dyson faced Jarrod Dyson in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jarrod grounded a 2-2 pitch to first for an out. It was kind of anticlimactic, if we're being honest. Sam was sitting 95-96 in a 1-2-3 inning, which is a good sign for a pitcher off to a rough start.

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