D-Backs Come Back

By BEN WALKER  AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) _ Zack Greinke won in his return from a six-week stay on the disabled list, Michael Bourn hit a go-ahead triple in the seventh inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied past the New York Mets 5-3 Tuesday night.

Paul Goldschmidt and late substitute Brandon Drury each homered for Arizona. The Diamondbacks also stole five bases, with a double steal setting up Bourn’s two-run liner that erased a 3-2 deficit.

Neil Walker hit his 20th home run for the wild card-contending Mets, who missed a chance to post back-to-back wins for the first time in more than a month.

Greinke (11-3) earned his eighth straight victory. The Arizona ace had been out since June 28, when he strained his left side while batting.

Greinke gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in six innings. It was the first time he faced the Mets since losing the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series last October while with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A solid hitter, Greinke took no chances taking big swings. He watched three called strikes in a row his first time up, then put down a sacrifice bunt.

Jake Barrett closed for his fourth save.

Steven Matz was in position for just his second win in 13 starts before Mets reliever Hansel Robles (5-4) got tagged. Matz matched his big league best by striking out nine in six innings, throwing a career-high 120 pitches.

Chris Owings doubled off Robles to begin the seventh and pinch-hitter Phil Gosselin drew a one-out walk. They pulled off a double steal before Jean Segura struck out, and Bourn tripled to the right-center gap for a 4-3 lead. Goldschmidt followed with an RBI single.

Drury started in right field in place of Yasmany Tomas, a late scratch because of a stiff neck. Drury hit a leadoff homer in the second and singled. He also made a diving catch on a drive by Matz.

Goldschmidt hit his 18th homer, a solo shot in the sixth for a 2-1 lead.

Walker hit a two-run homer off Greinke in the sixth, sending a drive into the Arizona bullpen in right-center field.

Arizona came out running, with Segura and Bourn stealing in the first and Rickie Weeks Jr. swiping second in the fourth.
 Diamondbacks: C Welington Castillo went on the paternity list after wife Kissalry gave birth to a boy. Castillo will miss this series and rejoin the team in Boston on Friday. … SS Nick Ahmed got a second opinion on his injured right hip from New York Rangers head physician Dr. Bryan Kelly. Ahmed, on the DL since July 22, has an impingement and will get a cortisone shot.
 Mets: Switch-hitting INF Jose Reyes (oblique) is still having trouble swinging from the right side. His rehab assignment has been backed up a day or two. … SS Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) is progressing a bit more slowly than the team expected, general manager Sandy Alderson said. Cabrera has started to hit off a tee. … OF Yoenis Cespedes (quad) will “hopefully” be ready to come off the DL as soon as he’s eligible, Alderson said.
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 Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (5-11, 4.83 ERA) is averaging 11.31 strikeouts per nine innings. He has fanned at least nine in three straight starts.

 Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (10-6, 3.46) has never beaten the Diamondbacks, the only major league club he hasn’t defeated. He is 0-1 in two career starts against them.

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