Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 8/25/14
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Atop the NL West for the first time in more than a year, the Diamondbacks can now win a season-best five in a row. And they won't have to get past Roy Halladay to get that done, as Phillies right-hander Tyler Cloyd will replace the two-time Cy Young winner and make his first start of the season Friday night at Chase Field. Back from sweeping a three-game series against the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks (20-15) ended a season-worst three-game skid in the desert and moved into a first-place tie with the Giants in the West with Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Phillies (16-20). The Diamondbacks, who were last leading the division on April 10, 2012, last strung together five consecutive wins July 20-24. Cloyd will try to prevent that from happening; he'll take Halladay's spot in the rotation for the time being after the team learned the veteran right-hander will need arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. "It was an unfortunate situation, Doc's situation, having him going down and ...
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