Fresh off back-to-back saves, Putz available

Fresh off back-to-back saves, Putz available

HOUSTON -- Closer J.J. Putz hasn't pitched in three consecutive games all season. That didn't mean he was unavailable to throw on Saturday after recording saves on Thursday and Friday, manager Kirk Gibson said.

"I hope he can do that," Gibson said. "We'd like him to pitch a lot more than that in a row."

Putz threw 16 pitches on Thursday against the Cardinals, striking out one of the three batters he faced to finish off a 2-1 D-backs victory. He threw 18 on Saturday, allowing one hit and striking out two for his 24th save of the season.

The last time Putz pitched three days in a row was Aug. 11-13 of last season.

The closer has converted 15 straight saves and 18 of his last 19. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 17 2/3 innings, tied for the fourth-longest streak in the National League. His 0.73 ERA since May 26 ranks fifth among NL relievers with 15 or more appearances since May 26.