PHOENIX -- A win Sunday certainly would have given the Diamondbacks a nice feeling to take with them as they begin a 10-game road trip starting Monday, but even with a 5-1 loss and series split with the Mets, they reiterated that they feel good about where they are and how they're playing.
Now 4 12 games behind the NL West co-division leaders, the Dodgers and Giants, the D-backs know they could be entering their most crucial stretch yet, beginning with a series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday.
"We had a good stretch here -- 7-3, that's good," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "It'd be nice to duplicate that. And if we don't, it's not the end of the season, but we do make it harder for ourselves."
The D-backs did fare well on their important homestand but ended it with somewhat of a thud Sunday. They couldn't figure out Mets ace R.A. Dickey and his knuckleball, scratching out just one unearned run on four hits off the starter and striking out eight times.
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