Greinke spins 12-K gold to sink White Sox

Greinke spins 12-K gold to sink White Sox

PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke continued his recent run of success, allowing one run over 8 2/3 innings as the D-backs beat the White Sox, 5-1, on Monday night at Chase Field.

Greinke (6-2) won his fourth straight start and his fifth straight decision as he puts together a bounceback season following a disappointing 2016. The right-hander struck out a season-high 12, the 27th double-digit strikeout game of his career and his third this year.

"Great night for Zack," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "He kept a very offensive team, as of late, in check and was making all sorts of pitches. He had the slider, changeup combination off a very spotted up and aggressive fastball. It was another Zack moment for us, something that we're really leaning on every fifth day and we're sure this will continue for the rest of the year."

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Daniel Descalso and Paul Goldschmidt each homered to pace the D-backs' offense, while the White Sox got a homer from Leury Garcia. Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez (3-5) dropped his fifth straight start as he allowed five runs (four earned) in five-plus innings.

Goldy's solo homer

"I understand my team is out there battling every time we have an at-bat, and that's what it's all about," Gonzalez said. "It's going to be changing for us in a positive way for sure."

Descalso goes deep (again): Descalso's three-run homer in the fourth inning was his fourth of the year and it came in his 66th plate appearance. Of his first 13 hits this year, four were homers, including his first career walk-off homer on April 30 against the Rockies.

"Breaking ball out over the middle of the plate," Descalso said. "I wanted to be aggressive in that spot with men in scoring position."

Descalso's three-run homer

A little extra: The D-backs gave Greinke some extra breathing room in the sixth when Goldschmidt led off the inning with a home run, and Arizona caught a break when Chicago catcher Omar Narvaez dropped the ball on a force play at home, which allowed the D-backs an unearned run and gave them a 5-1 lead.

"Goldy with the solo home run and then we tacked another one on which I thought was really crucial," Lovullo said.

Lamb scores after call stands

"You have to stay focused no matter what. He's doing his part. I have to do mine."-- Gonzalez on pitching against an almost un-hittable Greinke

With an 0-for-4 showing against Greinke, Yolmer Sanchez's 12-game hitting streak came to an end. But Garcia's homer extended the team's homer streak to eight straight games and 11 of its last 12.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria challenged a play at the plate in the sixth when Jake Lamb was ruled safe on a slow roller by Rey Fuentes to shortstop Tim Anderson with the bases loaded. Anderson's throw couldn't be hauled in by catcher Narvaez, with the ball rolling out of his mitt, and the call stood after video replay.

White Sox: Dylan Covey (0-3, 7.64) will make his eighth attempt at career victory No. 1 when he takes the mound at 8:40 p.m. CT Tuesday night in Arizona. Covey pitched a career-best six innings in his last start against the Mariners after setting a career-high with nine strikeouts in his prior start against the Padres.

D-backs: Patrick Corbin will get the start for the D-backs at 6:40 p.m. MST Tuesday night when the D-backs host to the White Sox. Corbin has allowed 16 earned runs in 16 innings over his last three starts.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.