Arizona Diamondbacks Reclaim Lead in NL West with 6-3 Win Over Astros

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Willie Bloomquist: Led off the game with a solo home run.
​Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Josh Collmenter got a much-needed bounce-back performance Wednesday night as the D-Backs won their second straight against the lowly Houston Astros at the woefully underattended Chase Field.

Collmenter had been downright awful in previous two starts, giving up 11 runs in just six innings. But in the D-Backs' 6-3 win Wednesday, the 25-year-old threw seven strong innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five. His record stands at 7-7 on the season, and he owns a respectable 3.51 earned-run average.

With the win, the D-Backs moved back into first place in the National League West because the San Francisco Giants were beaten 9-2 by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The D-Backs own a half-game lead on the Giants and are one game up on them in the loss column with 45 games left to play in the season. The D-Backs and Giants will meet six more times, in September, including three games at Chase Field on the final weekend of the season.

The D-Backs never trailed in Wednesday's game, as shortstop Willie Bloomquist led off the game with his fourth home run of the season. In the inning, Arizona tacked on two more runs off Astros starting pitcher Henry Sosa, who was making his major-league debut, to make it 3-0. After that, the D-Backs never looked back, adding insurance runs in the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings. Reliever David Hernandez closed out the game for this 10th save of the season, as the usual closer, J.J. Putz, had the night off.

The other notable statistic of the evening was the attendance at Chase Field: 18,628. And Monday and Tuesday's attendance figures weren't much better. Pretty sad for a first-place team.

Tonight, the two teams close out the four-game series with the D-Backs trying to take three of four. The D-Backs will send Joe Saunders (8-9, 3.61) to the mound to face the Astros' Brett Myers (3-12, 4.76). First pitch is 6:40 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Net. Radio: KTAR 620 AM. More info: www.dbacks.com.

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Hudson experienced an epic fail last night by allowing Houston to scored a whopping five runs in the first frame (including a three-run homer by J.D. Martinez) and gave up another two in the second. Carlos Corporan, Matt Downs, and Clint Barmes all logged RBIs against the pitcher in the opening innings, making the score 7-0 before most fans had time to grab their nachos and get comfortable. Zach Duke managed to stop the bleeding until the sixth, when a Jimmy Paredes single to left scored Martinez and Jose Altuve.

Arizona didn't provide much in the way of run support for their pitchers, as Wandy Rodriguez (8-8, 3.52 ERA) blanked the D-Backs for six innings and kept the bats of Justin Upton, Gerardo Parra, and Kelly Johnson silent. The team's lone run came in the sixth when Henry Blanco nailed a one-out homer to keep the game from being a complete skunking. It Can Interest You :Authentic Danny Woodhead Jersey, Authentic Deion Branch Jersey

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