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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke fired five consecutive strikes to Charlie Blackmon to open the game. He threw strikes on eight of 10 pitches in the first inning, was at 15 for 19 after two, 45 for 64 after five.

Fastballs, sliders, slow curveballs – it didn’t seem to matter what Greinke threw, he managed to find the strike zone, jumping ahead in counts and controlling the game in a 6-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night at Chase Field.

“It was all pretty good,” Greinke said in his typical dry and understated tone.

BOX SCORE: Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 2

His teammates were a little more effusive.

“It’s impressive, isn’t it?” reliever Archie Bradley said. “You watch him and it seems like he’s a man among boys out there, the way he’s dotting pitches, mixing stuff, his sequences – it’s almost like watching a guy paint a picture, man. It’s pretty impressive.”

Greinke gave up two runs in seven innings, turning in the sort of impressive performance against the Rockies that many had expected from him last year on Opening Day, a game also played in front of a sellout crowd.

The Diamondbacks jumped ahead 3-0 before the Rockies cut the lead to one in the seventh, and for a brief moment it felt like things might slip away for a team that entered the night riding a three-game losing skid. But the Diamondbacks scored three times in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of a pair of Rockies mistakes to pull away.

Greinke’s performance was not unlike the majority of his outings this season. He was efficient and effective, using impressive command of his fastball, sharp secondary pitches and smart pitch sequencing to hold hitters in check. His fastball averaged a pedestrian 91 mph but he dominated just the same.

“You could see Zack was on the attack from the first pitch on,” manager Torey Lovullo said.

Greinke allowed just one hit, an infield single, through the first six innings before his Rockies nemesis, Trevor Story, connected for a two-run shot in the top of the seventh. Story had laid off consecutive, two-strike sliders down and away, got another slider in the strike zone and took a slightly off-balance swing yet still drove it into the Diamondbacks bullpen in left field.

When a reporter mentioned to him that he must be pleased to have not walked anyone, Greinke had a different thought.

“I should have walked Story before he hit that home run,” Greinke said, drawing a laugh. “He can hit it, that’s for sure. I threw a couple of more slightly farther out balls that he took before that. It was a good job of hitting. It wasn’t a perfect pitch, but it was a good pitch. He did a good job.”

The Diamondbacks had eight hits on the night, seven of them for extra bases. Daniel Descalso led off the game with a triple – the first of three the Diamondbacks would record, tying a club record – then scored on David Peralta’s RBI ground out.

With the score 3-2 in the seventh, the Rockies committed a pair of errors, one by Story at short, the other by rookie left fielder Mike Tauchman, and the Diamondbacks pounced, collecting three hits and scoring three runs.

“I think quality teams are able to take advantage of those moments,” Lovullo said. “When you give a good team, like ourselves, an extra out, it’s going to make it a little more challenging for the pitcher. We deserve some credit for capitalizing in those situations.”

With a T-shirt giveaway and a holiday fireworks display after the game, the Diamondbacks drew a sellout of 46,338. They were excited to play in front of it, and happy to send everyone home with a win.

“Unbelievable,” Bradley said. “From the get-go, when they announced the Diamondbacks taking the field, I had chills.”

Said Lovullo: “We want to win those fans back. We want to bring in as many fans as we possibly can. I know these players really enjoy playing in front of our fans.”

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Reach Piecoro at (602) 444-8680 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.

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Sunday’s game

Rockies at Diamondbacks

When: 1:10 p.m.

Where: Chase Field (roof hotline: 602-462-6262).

Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (6-3, 3.50) vs. Rockies RHP German Marquez (5-4, 4.38).

TV/Radio: FSAZ, FSAZ+/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).

Walker gave up five runs (three earned) in 6 1/3 innings against the Cardinals, walking five (two intentional) without recording a strikeout. He recorded just four swings and misses, his lowest total of the year. … In three starts since returning from the disabled list, Walker has allowed seven earned runs in 17 1/3 innings (3.63 ERA) with 10 walks and 14 strikeouts. … Marquez has faced the Diamondbacks three times this season, posting a 3.00 ERA in 18 innings. He has not allowed a run in 15 of those 18 innings. … He gave up five runs in four innings against the Giants on Monday at AT&T Park. … Lefties have fared well against Marquez, putting together a .296/.378/.448 line off him.

Coming up

Monday: Off.

Tuesday: At Los Angeles, 6:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (3-2, 2.67) vs. Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (12-2, 2.32).

Wednesday: At Los Angeles, 7:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (6-7, 4.67) vs. Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (9-0, 1.83).

Thursday: At Los Angeles, 7:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (8-4, 3.06) vs. Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (4-4, 4.60)*.

* – Stats entering Saturday.