From his position in center field, Rajai Davis had a pretty good look at Shane Greene's pitches Tuesday night.

"The balls that he throws, they look like strikes," Davis said. "They start out strikes and they stay strikes for a long time and then they go out of the zone. He gets a lot of swings and misses. He gets so much depth on his sinker, it's really hard to square it up."

Greene pitched a three-hit, eight-inning masterpiece, outduelling veteran A.J. Burnett in an extremely well-played 2-0 victory over the Pirates.

"I was just trying to throw as many strikes as possible," said Greene, a man of very few words. "Just pound the zone."

Greene was throwing his hard sinker and his cutter, mixing in a few change-ups and curveballs for good measure. He threw 81 pitches, 51 strikes, had 12 ground-ball outs and didn't allow a runner to reach second base.

"He had great movement and mixed his pitches," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I don't think it hurt there were more right-handed hitters in their lineup, with his sinker and cutter. He was really good."