Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/8/14
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The Diamondbacks were 84-0 when they led entering the ninth inning last season, one of the major contributing reasons for their 29-game improvement and NL West title in 2011. Things have not gone as smoothly this season. Closer J.J. Putz gave up a two-run, walk-off home run to Washington shortstop Ian Desmond in the last of the ninth inning in a 5-4 loss Wednesday, the second two-run walk-off homer he has given up this season. Colorado's Todd Helton touched Putz in the ninth inning of the Rockies' 8-7 victory at Coors Field on April 14. "I just made a bad pitch and he put it away," Putz said of Desmond's homer. "I was trying to get it down and away and I left it up, middle-in. Joe (Saunders) pitched his butt off. For the most part, I think I'm throwing well. I just left one pitch up. Game over." Bryce Harper doubled off the right-center field fence to open the Nationals' ninth before Putz got consecutive strikeouts. The D-backs are 4-2 on their 10-game trip after taking three of...
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