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D-backs’ Zack Greinke steals another base, enters record books

Jul 8, 2018, 7:52 PM | Updated: Jul 10, 2018, 3:24 pm
Arizona Diamondbacks' pitcher Zack Greinke throws in the first inning during a baseball game agains...
Arizona Diamondbacks' pitcher Zack Greinke throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke made his 400th career start Sunday against the San Diego Padres, but that’s not what had people talking after the 16-inning game.

Greinke became just the third pitcher ever to record three stolen bases in a season before the All-Star break, joining the likes of St. Louis pitchers Bob Gibson (four in 1969) and Joaquin Andujar (three in 1985).

The 34-year-old made his move in the bottom of the third, timing the pitch from San Diego starter Clayton Richard and sliding safely into third.

An A.J. Pollock single two batters later allowed both Greinke and Jon Jay to score, at the time giving the D-backs the 2-1 lead.

Greinke has made noise this season while at the plate and on base.

Back in May against the Washington Nationals, Greinke laced a single to left, which drove in Ketel Marte for the first run of the game.

Greinke then stole second on the first pitch of David Peralta’s at-bat. He became the third pitcher in franchise history to have a hit, RBI and stolen base in one game, joining Braden Shipley and Joe Saunders.

But that wasn’t the only time Greinke has done that this season.

He replicated that performance against the Marlins on June 28, becoming the first pitcher since Gibson in 1969 to have a hit, an RBI and a stolen base in at least two games in a season.

Greinke now has eight steals in his career, which is tied with Orel Hershiser for the sixth-most by a player who also pitched in the same game.

In 4.1 innings Sunday, Greinke allowed two earned runs on six hits and struck out five. He also walked three batters.

The D-backs tore through their entire rotation, forcing catcher Jeff Mathis to take the mound in the top of the 16th inning.

Despite Mathis recording his first career strike out, Padres outfielder Wil Myers blasted a solo homer to give San Diego the lead and eventually the win, 4-3.

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San Diego Padres' Wil Myers celebrates with Freddy Galvis (13) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 16th inning during a baseball game, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) San Diego Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis turns the double play while avoiding Arizona Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed (13) on a ball hit by Jon Jay in the 14th inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) San Diego Padres pitcher Brad Hand (52) and Austin Hedges celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 in 16 innings during a baseball game, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) San Diego Padres' Wil Myers hits a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 16th inning during a baseball game, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jeff Mathis (2) throws in the 16th inning during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock (11) is to be held back by Steven Souza Jr. after getting tossed out of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres for arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) San Diego Padres' Manuel Margot makes the sliding catch on a ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Steven Souza Jr. in the third inning during a baseball game, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks' Jon Jay scores a run in the third inning on a single hit by A.J. Pollock during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) San Diego Padres' Carlos Asuaje, right, scores a run in the first inning on a double hit by Eric Hosmer during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) San Diego Padres' Clayton Richard throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks' pitcher Zack Greinke throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) San Diego Padres' Eric Hosmer hits an RBI-double in the first inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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