PHOENIX -- Once hampered by fielding miscues earlier this season, the D-backs have turned around their defense to the tone of franchise records for consecutive innings and games without committing an error. Entering Saturday night's matchup with the Athletics, the D-backs had not made an error in 11 straight games and 102 innings. An official scorer gave Justin Upton an error on June 1 in San Diego, but Major League Baseball later reversed the ruling, keeping the streak alive. "You don't want your pitchers to pitch away from contact, so it's very important for any team to take care of the ball," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Certainly the routine plays, but even more so when you need a play, when you're in trouble with the bases loaded, someone turns a double play, that's big."
With the help of the flawless run of defense, the D-backs are tied with the Reds for the fewest errors in the National League with 30. "I think your fielding goes in streaks," Gibson said. "There are so many variables that go into it. You want to pick up the ball, of course, and some of the plays get overlooked."