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Dbacks Climb Back Into Sole Possession of First Place

By Scott Allen

For the first time since June 24th, the Arizona Diamondbacks have regained sole possession of first place in the National League West over the San Francisco Giants with a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Josh Collmenter went seven, well six strong, but seven innings overall.  He struggled a bit in the fifth but regained his composure to knock down the last two innings of his night.

Justin Upton once again was on fire.  He had another three-hit night.  He is totally focused in at this point.  Now if he can only bring a few others with him on his ride, the Dbacks might be able to create some separation from the Giants.  I wouldn’t count on it though.  A man can dream however.

The rest of the offense sputtered for the most part, however had some big moments.  Willie Bloomquist started the Dbacks off with a leadoff home run in the first inning.  Gerardo Parra had a big eighth inning triple for an add on run to take into the ninth.

The story tonight is Collmenter though.  He appeared to be on the skids on schedule, but managed to get himself out of it this time.  The Dbacks were desperate for a starter to get some quality innings after the last two nights neither starter made it past four innings.

Now, with the Giants off tomorrow, the Dbacks have a chance to add on and move the lead from a half-game to a full game.  The Giants head to play the Florida Marlins on Friday with the New York Mets coming to Arizona.  First thing is first though.  One more game with the Astros tomorrow night.