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Braves drop opener to Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks, 7-2

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Surprisingly, the Braves weren't able to muster enough offense against Zack Greinke to top the Diamondbacks in the first of a three-game series.

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The Braves dropped their opening game to the Diamondbacks 7-2 Friday night, after failing to capitalize with runners in scoring position and yet another gem from Zack Greinke.

Going up against Greinke, we all knew that Aaron Blair was going to have to have another outing like his last against the Cubs, where he held arguably the best lineup in baseball to just two hits and one run over six innings.

That didn't wind up being the case though, as the Diamondbacks managed more than that in just two innings. Blair worked out of trouble in the first inning, stranding Jake Lamb and David Peralta, but couldn't find the same success as the game wore on.

Blair lasted just five innings after throwing 92 pitches, walking four batters to just one strikeout while allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. To be fair to Blair, the brutal fielding by Adonis Garcia in the outfield and Reid Brignac didn't help his cause, but Blair had little room for error given Greinke's effort on the mound — and because, you know, the Braves are bad.

Greinke went five shutout innings before Atlanta managed to get on the board, with Freddie Freeman, Kelly Johnson and Erick Aybar (!?) being the only players to reach base in those first five frames.

The Braves had a chance to even things up in the bottom of the sixth inning, with Mallex Smith, Nick Markakis and Garcia all reaching base to start the inning. With Freeman up at the plate as well, hopes were high, but a double play off the bat of the team's best hitter probably wasn't the outcome but Greinke and the D-Backs were hoping for.

They did manage to drive in a pair of runs in the inning — Smith scored on Adonis' infield single and Tyler Flowers drove in Markakis — but looking back on this one, an opportunity was certainly missed in the sixth.

Greinke would toss one more inning after that, finishing with a final line of 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB and 8 Ks on 95 pitches.

After that sixth inning it was just a matter of running out the clock, or innings as it were, with Arizona picking up three more runs on Alexi Ogando and Eric O'Flaherty.

The loss drops the Braves to a (still) league-worst 7-21 on the season and allowed the Diamondbacks to end a six-game losing streak.

Tomorrow the Braves will get to see old friend Shelby Miller on the mound — who, hilariously or extremely sadly — is still searching for his first win of the season. Oh, the irony. Julio Teheran gets the ball against him at 7:10 p.m. ET.