D-backs can't pick up Corbin, fall to Padres

D-backs can't pick up Corbin, fall to Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs rolled through a stretch of games against the Dodgers and Rockies, but it's the pesky Padres who give them the most problems these days.

Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges homered to lead the Padres past the D-backs, 4-2, on Monday night at Petco Park. San Diego has now won three of the last four games between the two teams, including a series win a little more than a week ago at Chase Field.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.

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J.D. first 4-time Player of Week in same season

D-backs outfielder hit .435 with 3 HRs to win second straight award

J.D. first 4-time Player of Week in same season

SAN DIEGO -- D-backs outfielder J.D. Martinez on Monday was named National League Player of the Week, becoming the first player to win the honor four times in the same season since the award was started in 1974.

"It's definitely an honor, definitely cool," Martinez said. "But it's something right now that I'm not really thinking about. I'm kind of just worried about this series and our playoff run right now. They're definitely humbling, awesome accolades to achieve, but right now our goal is the playoffs. That's what I want. I want you to be interviewing me about how it feels to win a World Series."

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Corbin stung by SD again during hot stretch

Corbin stung by SD again during hot stretch

SAN DIEGO -- D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin has been downright dominant over his last eight starts, shutting down quality offensive teams like the Cubs, Astros and Rockies.

The one team he hasn't been able to solve has been the Padres, who have roughed him for 12 runs in 9 1/3 innings in two starts during that stretch.

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Goldschmidt a beacon of endurance

Exercise regimen helps slugger with all parts of his game

Goldschmidt a beacon of endurance

The pain in his right elbow persisted, but Paul Goldschmidt persevered. The D-backs avoided a September scare two weeks ago when their All-Star first baseman and National League MVP Award candidate underwent an MRI that revealed inflammation in his left elbow but no structural damage, forcing him to miss five games.

Goldschmidt, 30, is unsure how he hurt his elbow, on a throw or swing, and the extent of the damage appears to be minor. Since his return, though, he has just a .226/.250/.452 slash line, but the D-backs hold a five-game threshold for the top NL Wild Card.

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Godley, D-backs continue WC quest vs. Padres

Godley, D-backs continue WC quest vs. Padres

The D-backs continue their postseason push Tuesday night when they send right-hander Zack Godley to the bump against left-hander Travis Wood and the Padres.

Arizona enters the matchup with a 4 1/2-game lead on the Rockies for the top National League Wild Card spot, while trailing the Dodgers by 9 1/2 games in the NL West. Any combination of Arizona wins or Milwaukee losses totaling six will clinch a postseason berth for the D-backs.

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Martinez smashes 40th home run

OF is 5th player in MLB history to hit 40 homers combined with two different teams in same season

Martinez smashes 40th home run

SAN FRANCISCO -- By hitting a two-run homer to center field in Sunday afternoon's 7-2 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park, D-backs outfielder J.D. Martinez became the third player in 2017 to hit 40 homers.

Martinez hit a first-pitch fastball from Giants starter Chris Stratton and got more than enough of it to get it over the wall, reaching the 40-homer mark for the first time in his career.

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Walker up and down as D-backs drop finale

Walker up and down as D-backs drop finale

SAN FRANCISCO -- Continuing to prove himself as a serious candidate for a 2018 rotation spot, Giants right-hander Chris Stratton pieced together another strong outing Sunday against the surging D-backs. He spun six innings of two-run ball, while Pablo Sandoval backed him up with three RBIs to help the Giants break a four-game losing streak in a 7-2 win.

"They did a terrific job to support Stratton," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Stratton after the pitcher allowed five hits and struck out four. "He's on a nice roll. He just pitches a beautiful game. His stuff is crisp. Location was good. A solid six innings. Good to see this offense do some little things to help in that ballgame."

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Greinke brilliant, Goldy homers to beat Giants

Greinke brilliant, Goldy homers to beat Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Whenever Zack Greinke takes the mound at AT&T Park, he defaults to his dominant form. That trend continued Saturday, when Greinke spun eight innings of two-hit ball to lower his career ERA in San Francisco to 1.37. Paul Goldschmidt delivered all the offense Greinke needed with a two-run homer in the first to power Arizona to a 2-0 triumph.

"He does it every time," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "It's a very nice feeling when you're putting him out there [that] he's going to give you everything he has, he's going to have a terrific game plan and he's going to execute."

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Leader Watch: Greinke bolsters Cy Young bid

Leader Watch: Greinke bolsters Cy Young bid

Zack Greinke continues to lead the D-backs' march to the postseason, and his return to steady dominance in 2017 might make him a National League Cy Young Award favorite by the time all's said and done.

Greinke outdueled Madison Bumgarner on Saturday night in San Francisco, throwing eight shutout innings of two-hit, eight-strikeout baseball. The veteran right-hander is now 17-6 with a 2.87 ERA and 208 strikeouts.

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D-backs pitchers producing at plate

D-backs pitchers producing at plate

SAN FRANCISCO -- The starting pitchers have been a huge part of the success for the D-backs this season. But it's not just on the mound where they've been getting it done.

Arizona's pitchers have provided a spark at the plate as well, entering Saturday with a league-leading 44 hits and 24 runs scored. Manager Torey Lovullo has said their hitting performance has been a welcome addition to the lineup.

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Pollock's key hit rewards Ray's stellar start

Pollock's key hit rewards Ray's stellar start

SAN FRANCISCO -- A.J. Pollock delivered for the third straight game, this time knocking a two-run double in the seventh to give the D-backs a 3-2 win over the Giants on Friday night at AT&T Park.

With two on and one out, Pollock pulled a fastball from Jeff Samardzija down the left-field line and through the Giants bullpen, scoring Daniel Descalso and Ketel Marte before Pollock was thrown out trying to take third. It gave Pollock 10 RBIs in his last three games after back-to-back big nights against the Rockies.

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Injury a 'blessing in disguise' for resurgent Ray

Injury a 'blessing in disguise' for resurgent Ray

SAN FRANCISCO -- D-backs starter Robbie Ray had one of the scariest moments in baseball this year when he was hit in the head by a 108 mph line drive July 28 in St. Louis.

But after he picked up his fifth win in as many starts since returning from the disabled list with Friday night's 3-2 victory in San Francisco, Ray admitted the injury may be the key to how he's pitched.

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Owings, Mathis making progress in rehab

Owings, Mathis making progress in rehab

SAN FRANCISCO -- With just 2 1/2 weeks left in the regular season, two injured D-backs are working their way closer to contributing this season.

Before Friday's game in San Francisco, manager Torey Lovullo said the team had received "good news" recently on both shortstop Chris Owings and catcher Jeff Mathis as each work to return from hand injuries.

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Inbox: What would 'pen look like for WC Game?

Beat reporter Steve Gilbert answers fans' questions

Inbox: What would 'pen look like for WC Game?

We've got quite a full Inbox this week, filled once again with postseason questions, but also a couple that look ahead to 2018. We're going to be doing a few more of these over the next couple of weeks, so please continue to email or tweet your questions to me. The more I get, the more I'll answer.

Now on to the questions:

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D-backs shut out Rockies behind Godley's gem

D-backs shut out Rockies behind Godley's gem

PHOENIX -- Zack Godley delivered his longest outing of the year on Thursday, and was backed by a five-run Arizona first inning as the D-backs shut out the Rockies, 7-0, at Chase Field.

Godley improved to 8-7 on the year and struck out seven Colorado batters over eight innings and didn't allow a walk. It was Godley's third straight start in which he allowed two runs or fewer, and it topped his previous season high of seven innings in a start. Godley got a standing ovation from the Chase Field fans when he walked off the mound in the eighth.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. He covered the D-backs on Thursday.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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Resurgent Pollock lengthens dangerous lineup

Outfielder went 5-for-8 with 8 RBIs over his last 2 games vs. the Rockies

Resurgent Pollock lengthens dangerous lineup

PHOENIX -- Beware National League opponents, D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock looks like he is heating back up.

After going 3-for-4 with four RBIs Wednesday night, Pollock followed up with a 2-for-4 afternoon Thursday, including another four RBIs as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-0, at Chase Field.

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Barry M. Bloom

D-backs, Rockies shaping up for Wild finale

D-backs, Rockies shaping up for Wild finale

PHOENIX -- No two Major Leagues teams are more familiar with each other than the D-backs and Rockies.

They share the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Spring Training facility in nearby Scottsdale, Ariz., played two Cactus League games against each other this year and a number of others between Minor Leaguers on the back fields of the complex.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs snap Rox's streak, pad WC lead

D-backs snap Rox's streak, pad WC lead

PHOENIX -- Patrick Corbin turned in a stellar performance and A.J. Pollock went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs to lead a 16-hit attack as the D-backs snapped the Rockies' six-game winning streak and padded their National League Wild Card lead with an 8-2 victory on Wednesday night at Chase Field.

With the win, the D-backs pushed their lead for first place in the NL Wild Card race to four games. They also clinched a season-series win over the Rockies, which could pay dividends in the coming weeks. If the two teams end up tied in the standings at season's end, the first tiebreaker is decided by head-to-head record. Colorado still leads for the second NL Wild Card spot, by three games over Milwaukee and 3 1/2 games over St. Louis.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.He covered the D-backs on Wednesday.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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Goldy joins D-backs lore with 1,000th hit

Goldy joins D-backs lore with 1,000th hit

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt was not going to go there.

The D-backs' first baseman was not about to talk about a personal accomplishment like 1,000 career hits. Especially after an 8-2 win over the Rockies that increased his club's lead over Colorado to four games in the National League Wild Card race.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Owings hopes to help D-backs come October

Owings hopes to help D-backs come October

PHOENIX -- Watching his teammates position themselves for the postseason has been a joy for D-backs shortstop Chris Owings.

Not being able to contribute since fracturing his right middle finger on July 30, however, has been agony.

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D-backs host National Play Campaign event

Club educates youngsters on health, injury prevention and more

D-backs host National Play Campaign event

PHOENIX -- Hours before the D-backs were scheduled to face off with the Rockies on Wednesday, the outfield at Chase Field was flooded with kids sprinting, jumping and hurdling their way through a series of drills as D-backs head athletic trainer Ken Crenshaw shouted words of encouragement.

Chase Field played host to a National PLAY Campaign event on Wednesday with the goal of educating local kids on everything from healthy eating, injury prevention, strength and conditioning, and education about the dangers of illegal performance and appearance-enhancing drugs as they ran through a series of stations.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hazelbaker's BP homer makes a mess

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Hazelbaker's BP homer makes a mess

When it comes to being in the path of a home run ball, anything is possible … and sometimes time damage is inevitable. Aaron Judge once hit a ball so hard, he put a dent in Yankee Stadium. And there was that one time top prospect Eloy Jimenez smashed a home run into the lights, creating a scene out of "The Natural."

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D-backs to open 2018 against familiar foe

D-backs to open 2018 against familiar foe

PHOENIX -- The D-backs and Rockies will open the 2018 regular season against each other on March 29 at Chase Field. Two days later the teams will mark the 20th anniversary of the first game in D-backs franchise history with a March 31 game. The Rockies were the D-backs' first opponent when the franchise began play in 1998.

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J.D. crushes home run off video board

J.D. crushes home run off video board

PHOENIX -- With the way he's been hitting the ball lately, J.D. Martinez has to get pretty creative in order to one-up himself.

On Tuesday, the D-backs' right fielder went where few at Chase Field have gone before. Martinez sent a Jon Gray pitch off the center-field video board for a solo homer in the second inning of a 4-2 loss to the Rockies.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Race tightens with another loss to Rockies

Race tightens with another loss to Rockies

PHOENIX -- Carlos Gonzalez's late-arriving magic has shown up just in time. Gonzalez launched two no-doubt, two-run homers to right field as the Rockies won their sixth straight, 4-2, over the D-backs on Tuesday night, tightening the National League Wild Card race.

Through struggles that saw him hitting .239 through August, Gonzalez would smile and talk about saving the best for last. September, which includes Tuesday's 2-for-4, has seen him hit .451 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 10 games -- and now that CarGo has picked a good time to be CarGo -- he can let loose some truth.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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Sherfy turning in big innings for D-backs

Sherfy turning in big innings for D-backs

PHOENIX -- In the winter of 2016, fresh off his first season with the Triple-A Reno Aces, Jimmie Sherfy found himself in a situation familiar to many Minor League players who are chasing their Major League dreams.

It was time to get an offseason job to make ends meet.

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D-backs' rally falls short in opening loss to Rox

D-backs' rally falls short in opening loss to Rox

PHOENIX -- Nolan Arenado made his first career hit off D-backs relief pitcher Jake Barrett a loud one -- a three-run homer in the eighth inning to key the Rockies' fifth straight victory and seventh straight on the road -- in a 5-4 win at Chase Field on Monday night.

Arenado drove in four runs, plus made a signature standout defensive play by robbing A.J. Pollock of extra bases on a dive toward the bag in the sixth inning, as the Rockies won for the seventh time in the eight games since the D-backs swept them at Coors Field.

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J.D.'s big week nets NL Player of Week honors

Martinez clubs 7 homers, including 4 in one game

J.D.'s big week nets NL Player of Week honors

PHOENIX -- J.D. Martinez has carried the D-backs' offense with his home run surge over the past week.

The Arizona right fielder earned National League Player of the Week honors on Monday for a six-game span in which he hit .429 with seven homers and 11 RBIs. That included a four-homer game on Sept. 4 that was the first in D-backs franchise history, and the 18th in Major League history.

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