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Arizona’s Zack Greinke tames Rays’ hitters in allowing only three hits

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Remember all the chatter about the Tampa Bay Rays‘ hot offense?

Remember the talk about hitting streaks and home runs and hot hitters?

Arizona’s Zack Greinke put a stop to all of that Tuesday night, shutting out the Rays in a 5-0 game. Greinke allowed only three hits, and he never allowed a Rays’ batter as far as second base.

The Diamondbacks got all the runs they would need on a three-run homer by Jake Lamb and a two-run shot by Paul Goldschmidt.

Matt Moore took the loss for Tampa Bay, allowing five earned runs in seven innings.

“The stuff coming out of his hand was as good as any game he’s had,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “I thought it was a good outing and something we can build on.

“We just got beat by a really good pitcher. He was on, changing speeds and hitting spots. The guy was just on. You tip your cap a little bit.”

The Rays conclude their series against Arizona today when Jake Odorizzi pitches against Archie Bradley.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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