Diamondbacks' Turmoil May Disappear If They Keep Winning Like This

The soap opera that the Arizona Diamondbacks have become will be a thing of the past if this recently dysfunctional bunch keeps kicking ass like they did last night. The D-Backs routed the Colorado Rockies for the second straight night, this time by a count of 6-1.

Paul Goldschmidt is going off at the moment, and raised his batting average to .288 with a three-hit night, including a late bomb, and Wade Miley won his seventh game of the semi-young season to lead Arizona.

D-backs' shortstop John McDonald made the play of the night with a barehanded stab and sweet throw that should be among ESPN's Top 10 Plays of the Day.

Almost (but not quite) forgotten was Arizona manager Kirk Gibson's decision to sit his erstwhile star Justin Upton for the second consecutive game after the All-Star pouted throughout Tuesday night's 10-0 rout over the Rockies.

It still seems pretty shaky for the defending NL West champs, who are nine games back of the LA Dodgers and three games under .500 with the season a third-or-so gone,

But wins like the last two can work wonders for a team and if the Diamondbacks can keep it going in the weekend series here against the so-so Oakland Athletics, well, hope springs kind of eternal.

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