While the NL West looked like a two-team race less than two weeks ago, the surging Arizona Diamondbacks have suddenly joined the party.
The Diamondbacks try to continue their ascent up the standings Friday night in the opener of a three-game set in Philadelphia, where they've lost nine of 10 to the Phillies.
Third-place Arizona (54-51) sat seven games out of first place on July 21 but has climbed to within two of division-leading San Francisco and 1 1/2 of second-place Los Angeles. Though poor play from both the Giants and Dodgers has certainly helped, the Diamondbacks have won 10 of 13 while batting .283 - including a .367 mark with runners in scoring position.
Arizona is coming off its first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in five seasons, capped by Wednesday's 4-0 victory. Rookie Patrick Corbin threw six strong innings while Miguel Montero and Chris Johnson both went deep.
"We pitched very well, we swung the bats very well, we hit a couple of home runs virtually every game...