Friday -- Braves 5, D-backs 2; McCarthy doesn't pitch quite well enough. Saturday -- D-backs 4, Braves 3; Parra walks off Atlanta. Sunday -- D-backs 6, Braves 5; Anderson wins fourth straight.
Keep it going
After a sweep in Colorado, the D-backs return for five games at Chase Field sitting 10 games under .500. They haven't been fewer than 10 games under even baseball since they were 4-13 on April 15. Getting on a roll in Colorado was a start, but the D-backs must keep it going at home, where they're just 9-22 this season, if they want to really make a dent in their deficit. The Braves come to Phoenix as losers of six of their last nine games.
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The D-backs needed an offensive boost after losing A.J. Pollock to injury, and they got it from all over in Colorado. Coors Field played a hand in an offensive outburst of 32 runs over three games, but so did clutch hitting. Over the last two games of the series, the D-backs scored 28 runs while going 15 for 30 with runners in scoring position. Even half that rate should help the D-backs against the Braves, whose pitching staff owns an NL-best 2.98 ERA.
Chase Anderson extended his career-opening win streak to four games in Colorado on Tuesday with his most impressive performance yet. Throwing in hitter-friendly Coors Field, Anderson went six innings and allowed just one run on four hits and two walks. His four wins the most in the NL among rookie starters. Can the 26-year-old righty make it five straight? He gets the chance Sunday.
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Braves outfielder Justin Upton returns to Chase Field for the second time since the D-backs traded him away in early 2013. While this visit will come with less attention than last season's, it brings the same offensive threat. Upton is batting .294 with 33 RBI, 13 home runs and a .928 OPS. After six seasons with the D-backs and one with the Braves, Upton owns a .308 batting average and 68 home runs at Chase Field.