Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/9/12
The Diamondbacks flexed their muscles on a 10-game trip, and the final game provided the exclamation point. Jason Kubel hit two two-run home runs and Wil Nieves hit one as the D-backs earned a split of a four-game series with a 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday. Kubel has 25 home runs, third in the National League, and is three short of his career high set with Minnesota in 2009. Kubel's 77 RBIs are second in the league. Nieves hit a home run in his first start with the D-backs after joining the team Monday, when Henry Blanco was placed on the disabled list because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. "It's huge," admitted Nieves, who hit a high breaking pitch from Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez into the left field seats with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the D-backs a 4-3 lead. "We're fighting for a spot in the playoffs. Helping the team any way I can is what I am trying to do. I was a little nervous. He threw me a lot of b...
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