Greinke's lengthy no-homer streak ends

Greinke's long no-homer streak ends

TORONTO -- All good things must come to an end, and Royals right-hander Zack Greinke's streak of 111 consecutive innings without allowing a home run ended Friday night in the second inning of the Royals' 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay hit his sixth home run of the season on a 2-2 fastball over the center-field fence. It gave Overbay an 11-game hit streak and ended Greinke's streak that began after the Athletics' Daric Barton homered off him in the fifth inning on Sept. 2, 2008.

Greinke gave up another long ball in the fifth inning when Adam Lind went deep.

"That was a lucky streak," Greinke said. "I've had at least six balls, probably more than that, that could have gone out and just got lucky that they didn't. I mean, I'm not a guy that doesn't give up home runs. So that was just pure luck that it happened to me."

Until Overbay's homer put the Blue Jays into a 2-0 lead, Greinke was the only Major League pitcher with 30 or more innings pitched this season not to allow a home run.

According to STATS Inc., it was the longest streak without allowing a home run since the Marlins' Kevin Brown went 118 innings from Aug. 24, 1996, to May 20, 1997.

The Royals' record is held by Mark Gubicza at 134 1/3 innings -- including 15 consecutive starts -- from Sept. 21, 1988, to June 7, 1989. Greinke's string included 15 consecutive homerless starts.

Greinke said he made a bad pitch to Overbay on the home run and had a sense of having been there, done that before.

"I've given up two home runs to him at least, I think just two," Greinke said. "They were both of them in the same spot, a bad pitch. I mean, it's down the middle, about as easy a pitch for him to hit. It's bound to happen, it would have been nice not today."

"He just missed his spot," Overbay said. "On the home run, he just made a mistake. He wanted to go down and away. He makes that pitch -- that's what makes him so good, he doesn't make mistakes. And when he does make mistakes, you usually foul them off, so I was just fortunate enough to put good wood on it."

Greinke said the pitch to Lind was where he intended it, but it just turned out to be a bad idea.

"It was exactly what I tried to do," Greinke said. "Obviously it wasn't a good idea. [Catcher Miguel] Olivo called a slider down and in. I said, 'No, I'm throwing a fastball away,' and got it stomach high and thought there was no way he was going to hit it. He crushed it.

"A bad thought process, I guess. It works on a lot of lefties. I think it worked on Overbay. But maybe not on Lind, he hits that pitch. Stupid pitch."

Larry Millson is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.