The Arizona Diamondbacks have jumped out to a great start behind an impressive offensive surge.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, in contrast, haven't been able to get anything going at the plate.
The Diamondbacks aim for a fifth consecutive win as they open a three-game set against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, who try to avoid a fifth straight defeat Monday night.
Despite losing slugging right fielder Justin Upton this offseason, Arizona has won five of its first six thanks largely to its bats. Hitting .293 and averaging 6.2 runs, the Diamondbacks are seeking their first 6-1 start since 2000 - their best seven-game start in team history.
Arizona returns home following a three-game sweep at Milwaukee. While closer J.J. Putz blew his first save by allowing two runs in the ninth inning Sunday, pinch-hitter Eric Hinske put the Diamondbacks back on top with a two-run homer in the 11th of an 8-7 victory.
"I prepare all day for a minute of work," Hinske told MLB's official website.