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Arizona Diamondbacks Roll Into First Behind Strong Caveman Performance

The Arizona Diamondbacks have finally managed to take advantage of the slumping Giants slumber and rolled into first place in the NL West with a nifty win over the Houston Astros.

Josh "Caveman" Collmenter wisely followed his manager's instructions and located his fastball and threw more curves as an effective third pitch his arsenal desperately needs. Josh went seven strong innings with two runs allowed on four hits, a walk while ringing up four punchouts. 

The Snakes struck early with a lead-off home run from Willie Bloomquist and then rookie Paul Goldschmidt's two-run hit ended the first frame with a 3-0 lead for the home team. Chris Young has been battling hand issues that have kept his bat quiet but added a nice double in the fifth to plate Justin Upton.

Ryan Roberts added the fifth run off a throwing error while Upton was attempting to swipe second and the hot-hitting Gerardo Parra added another run with a triple off the deep center field wall. Parra's up to .294 on the season and has pretty much locked up left field which his fantastic defense and solid work at the plate.

Upton, who broke out of a mini-slump Tuesday with a team-carrying performance, brought his good hitting to the park again on Wednesday. J-Up provided three hits to raise his average on the season back to .300. 

One more Thursday against the Astros with Joe Saunders on the bump.

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