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D-backs Push Streak To Eight, Extend Division Lead

The Arizona Diamondbacks, after losing six straight games, have kicked things into high gear again, with pristine pitching and blazing hot batting. The D-backs pushed their win streak to eight with a 9-4 rout of the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. The victory also pushes their home winning streak to 11 games.

Recent call-up Wade Miley got his second win, while holding the Rockies to two runs over six innings pitched. It wasn’t always pretty, though. Miley allowed nine hits and a walk, but managed to sneak through.

After spending weeks trying but failing to generate runs, Arizona has been able to score in abundance during their home stand against National League West competition. On Tuesday, Miguel Montero and Justin Upton slugged homers, driving in three and two runs, respectively. Gerardo Parra added a two-run triple and nearly batted for the cycle, going 4-for-5 but missing a home run. Aaron Hill added a single in the sixth inning to score Justin Upton.

As has been the case throughout their winning streak, Arizona and its pitching staff once again stranded opponents’ base runners, this time leaving nine Rockies out to dry.

Arizona has now taken a six-game lead in the division — sizable, though they still have six head-to-head games against the San Francisco Giants, who are mired in a significant slump and have lost eight of their past 12.