Cueto, Panik push Giants to victory
PHOENIX — Johnny Cueto pitched seven strong innings for San Francisco, Zack Greinke had another rough outing at home for Arizona and the Giants opened a four-game series with a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Thursday night.
Joe Panik hit a two-run homer off Greinke, who fell to 1-3 in five home starts. Chris Owings had an RBI triple for Arizona.
Cueto (5-1) allowed two runs and eight hits, striking out nine and walking two in a matchup of two of the highest-priced free agent pitchers last offseason. Cueto signed a six-year, $130 million contract, which was dwarfed by Greinke's six-year, $206.5 million deal.
Greinke (3-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, raising his ERA to 5.26 in eight starts. Greinke led the majors with a 1.66 ERA last season.
Arizona mounted a serious threat in the ninth against closer Santiago Casilla when a pinch-hit double by Phil Gosselin and single by Jean Segura put runners at first and third with one out. Casilla struck out Brandon Drury, but walked Paul Goldschmidt to load the bases. Left-hander Javier Lopez relieved Casilla and got left-handed batting Jake Lamb to ground out, earning his first save since Sept. 19, 2013.
The Diamondbacks fell to 5-13 at home.
Greinke has allowed 24 runs in five home starts. Last season, he gave up 19 runs in 17 starts at home for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Greinke blanked the Giants on one hit through three innings before consecutive singles by Matt Duffy, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt tied it at 1. A fielder's choice groundout by Hunter Pence gave San Francisco a 2-1 lead.
Denard Span singled to start the fifth. Then, Panik hit Greinke's first pitch into the right-field seats to make it 4-1.
Arizona scored one in the first on Drury's RBI single and another in the sixth when Owings tripled into the right-field gap.
Goldschmidt struck out three times and hit into a double play.
Cueto has pitched at least seven innings in all but one of his starts this season.
The Diamondbacks and city of Phoenix held a ceremony earlier in the day renaming the street in front of Chase Field Randy Johnson Way. The Hall of Famer and five-time Cy Young winner also threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Before the game, San Francisco recalled RHP Clayton Blackburn from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned OF Jarrett Parker to Sacramento. Manager Bruce Bochy said the pitching help was needed because of how much the bullpen has been used lately. The move left the Giants with eight relievers.
Giants: OF Angel Pagan missed his 11th consecutive game (hamstring strain), but he went through pregame warmups and could, Bochy said, be in the starting lineup tonight.
Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-2, 3.17 ERA) faces the Diamondbacks for the first time since April 23, 2014.
Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller (1-3, 7.36), coming off his first good start of the season — at Atlanta, goes for his first home win as a member of the Diamondbacks.