Monday -- Astros 4, D-backs 3; D-backs, Collmenter stung by early deficit. Tuesday -- D-backs 4, Astros 1. Arroyo picks up 6th win. Wednesday (at Houston) -- Astros 5, D-backs 1. Keuchel dominates, McCarthy falls to 1-9. Thursday (at Houston) -- LHP Wade Miley (3-6, 4.57) vs. RHP Scott Feldman (3-4, 4.12), 4:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Little by little
The D-backs entered the week fewer than 10 games under .500 for the first time since April 15. As they host two games against the Astros and then head off for two games in Houston, the D-backs looking to continue to climb out of the NL West cellar. The Astros also sit at the bottom of their division, the AL West, so the D-backs, who have won nine straight in the head-to-head series, could have an opportunity to keep clawing back toward .500.
While Miguel Montero snapped a career-best streak of three straight games with a home run Sunday, he still was 1 for 2 with a double and two walks. Montero perhaps has been the hottest D-backs hitter the last week, going 8 for 19 (.421) with eight RBI and three home runs. For his career, Montero is batting .306 with two home runs and 10 RBI at Minute Maid Park, where the D-backs play Wednesday and Thursday.
Since he was recalled as a replacement outfielder following A.J. Pollock's hand injury, all former independent leaguer David Peralta has done is hit. On Sunday, the rookie became the first D-back to hit safely in his first seven major league games, and he collected his first big-league home run. Overall, he's batting .429 (12 for 28) as a major leaguer with two RBI and four extra-base hits.
Few teams in the majors have a wealth of young talent to boast like the Astros. It starts with outfielder George Springer, 24, who since an April 16 call-up is batting .251 with 35 RBI and 12 home runs. Then there's rookie first baseman Jon Singleton, he of the new five-year contract after he was called up last week. Singleton, 22, is hitting .200 with six RBI and two home runs in six games.