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Chris Owings blasted a grand slam andZack Greinke turned in another stellar April start as the Diamondbacks were able to stave off the Padres 7-6 Monday.Greinke limited San Diego to just one run in his second start against the club this Christian Villanueva Jersey season. On Wednesday it was an eight-inning performance with just five hits allowed and six strikeouts, but in Monday's home start, the Diamondbacks ace was turning up the heat.Greinke struck out 11 Padres batters in six innings of work, limiting the Padres to six hits and no walks as he lowered his ERA to 2.93 and WHIP to 1.17 exactly what the D-backs hope he can sustain in his second full season of a$206.5 million deal.A hot start to the season is nothing new forGreinke, whose career ERA in March and April (2.71) is lower than any other month in the season. Buthe entered Monday's Brad Hand Run Derby Red Jersey start with acareer-high 38.7 percent hard-hit rate and an above average BABIP, suggesting a regre sion is likely to affect the 33-year-old pitcher moving forward.Despite how good (or bad)Greinke will be this season, the D-backs' bullpen isn't going to help. Arizona held a six-run lead whenGreinke exited Monday, but the Padres rallied to within one run before succumbing toFernando Rodney in the ninth.Last season, Arizona relievers owned an ERA just under five and already sit at4.50 through 21 games.Studs of the nightWhite Sox third basemanMatt Davidson continued his hot start to the season, falling a triple shy of the cycle with four RBIs as Chicago poured it on the Royals, Eric Hosmer Jersey 12-1. Davidson is now batting 368/.375/.789. White Sox starterMiguel Gonzalez won his third game of the season and lowered his ERA to 2.00after holding the slumping Kansas City offense to just onerunon twohits in eight innings of work.Dud of the nightPirates starter Chad Kuhlentered Monday's matchup with the Brad Hand Jersey Cubs with a2.60 ERA, but after allowing nineruns on eight hits in just 1 2/3 innings of work, Kuhl's ERA jumped to 6.63 on the season. Kuhl allowed four walksin the five-out performance, which the Cubs ended up winning, 14-3.HighlightBrewers sluggerEric Thames blasted his MLB-leading 10thhome run of the season and his seventh against the Reds alone. Thames is on pace for 77 homers this year.What's nextYankees (11-7) at Red Sox (11-8), 7:10 p.m. ET Baseball's greatest rivalry renews as New York looks to continue its solid start to the season and end a losing slump against Boston.The Yankees are 9-14 against the Red Sox in the past 23 games, but may Eric Hosmer Cool Base White Jersey be catching their rivals at the right time as Tuesday's starter Rick Porcello (5.32 ERA) has struggled in April and Dustin Pedroia's status is unclear for the series opener.

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