Melvin not worried about D-backs' bats

Melvin not worried

PHOENIX -- After two consecutive games of getting shut out by rookie pitchers, manager Bob Melvin is unfazed by the D-backs' recent offensive struggles.

The D-backs scored four runs off the Braves' bullpen in the eighth inning Thursday to break a 17-inning scoreless drought, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 6-0 deficit.

"I think you'd have to be a little bit more concerned about the sampling," Melvin said. "We've addressed our offensive woes. The last two, or one-plus games, haven't gone very well, but I think in the eighth inning we kind of picked up our mojo a little bit again."

The D-backs rank 13th in the National League in batting average (.251) and 10th in runs scored (510), both improvements from 2007, when the D-backs won the NL West while scoring fewer runs than their opponents. Entering Friday, the D-backs had a plus-25 run differential this season.

The D-backs have scored 39 runs in their past 10 games (6-4), although 13 of those runs came in one game. Since that game on Monday, the D-backs have scored in just three innings on the homestand, and as a team are hitting just .237 in August after hitting .272 in the month of July.

Still, Melvin isn't concerned.

"I would say we would have to struggle a little bit more for me to say that I think we have some offensive woes," he said.

Mike Ritter is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.