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Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 1

After last night's tire fire, it was good the Diamondbacks righted the ship tonight. Good pitching, good defense, timely hitting. This wasn't your daddy's 2013 Diamondbacks!


The Diamondbacks got their offense moving early, scoring in the first inning, then cruising the rest of the way with the lead. Adam Eaton, suddenly mustache-less, took a walk to lead off the game. Aaron Hill stepped up and slammed a double into center, allowing the speedy Eaton to run through Matt Williams stop sign and score. The Diamondbacks would eventually load the bases with two more walks, but couldn't extend their lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Arizona scored another run off back-to-back ground rule doubles from Wil Nieves and Chad Pennington. The lead was extended even further in the bottom of the fifth, as Aaron Hill launched a solo homer to lead off the inning.

Wade Miley wouldn't need anymore offense than that, and in fact was just what the non-existent baseball doctors ordered after last night's extra inning debacle. Torgo watched the house while the Master was away, going 7 2/3 innings and giving up only 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks. He also struck out 4, but really the most significant thing, after pitching a fine game, was going deep enough that the beleaguered bullpen wouldn't have to work as much.

Dodgers are losing at press time, so there's a possibility the D-backs could move into within a half a game of first. Let's all root for the Reds.