PHOENIX -- Against a last place team with two wins in its last 18 games and a starting pitcher on a six-game losing streak, anything but a win Friday might have made even the strongest believers question whether the Diamondbacks can still turn their season around and reach the postseason.
The believers can keep on believing for at least for one more day as the D-backs took care of business with a 13-8 drubbing of the lowly Houston Astros.
Any team hoping to reach the playoffs has to expect results like that against a team that has now been outscored by opponents 100-49 in its last 19 games. Still, the offensive outburst in the D-backs' first home game since July 8 was the kind of rebound effort they needed following Thursday's demoralizing loss in Cincinnati.
"It was discouraging yesterday the way we lost the game, but we've gotten up off the mat several times this year," manager Kirk Gibson said before Friday's game. "Sometimes you just ask yourself what are your options, and yo...