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Paul Goldschmidt continued to make the case that he has turned the corner, leading an explosive Arizona offense to 9-4 victory in Denver.

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MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona 9, Colorado 4

The Diamondbacks had four home runs on the night. Zack Greinke was solid through 5 23 innings, despite a minor hiccup in the fifth and some tough calls throughout the night. Even newcomer Jon Jay got in on the scoring despite three strikeouts.

Three Homer Third Powers Diamondbacks to Win

Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb, and David Peralta all went deep in the third inning to back Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks in a game to determine which team would sit atop the NL West at the end of the night.

Goldschmidt Looking Vintage in Colorado

Kellan Olson declares Goldschmidt to be ‘back” in the article. It’s tough to make much of an argument that he is wrong, though some skepticism is always warranted in the game of baseball.

Goldschmidt’s Troubles with Velocity

Jay Jaffe takes an in-depth look at Paul Goldschmidt’s well-known struggles with high-velocity fastballs.

Lovullo Focusing on Boxberger’s Workload

After Boxberger blew a save on Wednesday while also showing a significant dip in velocity, manager Torey Lovullo admitted that his closer might not have been up to three consecutive outings. The three consecutive days were started by Boxberger being used on Monday simply to get him work, as he had not pitched in five days. That might not have been the best move after all.

Daniel Descalso Aging Like Wine (The Athletic- subscription required)

Daniel Descalso is getting the most out of his experience and his maturity, turning in the best season of his already solid career.

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Dodgers Hit Five Homers, Back over .500

Don’t look now, but the Los Angeles Dodgers have won 16 of their last 21, giving some confidence that they could still take the NL West. However, the Dodgers lost another starter to injury in the victory, with Walker Buehler leaving the game early do to rib and core pain.

Injury Update

To get an idea of how the team standings in baseball have shaken out in such an odd fashion, one only need look at the current injury update.