The hot streak that moved the Arizona Diamondbacks back into the NL West picture fizzled with four consecutive losses to baseball’s best team. Sonny Gray looks to continue his personal roll as his last-place Oakland Athletics try to hand the Diamondbacks their sixth straight loss at home Friday night in the opener of a three-game series. Arizona (62-65) used a four-game sweep in Cincinnati last week to move within five games of the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

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(The Sports Xchange) – Madison Bumgarner struck out 12 batters in just six innings on Thursday, pitching the Giants to a 9-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs and earning his 16th win of the season. Marlon Byrd hit a three-run homer in the third innings while second baseman Kelby Tomlinson hit his first major-league homer, an eighth-inning grand slam, for the Giants to give Bumgarner all the support he needed. San Francisco (68-59) remain 2-1/2 games behind the NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Zack Greinke and two relievers combined on a four-hitter and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the reeling Cincinnati Reds with a 1-0 win on Thursday.

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Paul Goldschmidt is a strong man. So strong, in fact, that he hit a baseball so hard it got stuck in the outfield wall at Chase Field. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] Yep, that’s right. Facing St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia in the fourth inning Tuesday night, the hulking Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman smashed a fastball deep to right field. The ball hit the wall… And it just stayed there, stuck between two protective pads. We’re used to seeing this kind of thing over at Wrigley Field with the ivy and all that, but it’s definitely rare – though not unprecedented  – to see it happen at one of MLB’s other ballparks. Just check out this shot of the ball stuck in the wall and a confused Jason Heyward:

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The often-criticized Los Angeles bullpen came through when needed most. Jim Johnson slipped strike three past Ryan LaMarre to stop a seventh-inning rally, Luis Avilan struck out Jay Bruce with the tying runs on base in the eighth, and the Dodgers held off the Cincinnati Reds for a 7-4 victory on Wednesday night. Avilan also struck out Bruce with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-1 win on Tuesday.

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues on Thursday:

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Brad Johnson covers the latest in the twin worlds of closers and base thievery.

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PHOENIX (AP) — – Jaime Garcia knew when he came to the plate to bat in the first inning that it looked like another good night for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals batted around in a four-run first and went on to rout the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 on Tuesday night. ”It’s a good feeling when you have to get up to hit in the first inning,” Garcia said.

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Kyle Schwarber has just four hits in his last 29 at bats, though all have been for home runs. Schwarber, Miguel Montero and Starlin Castro all hit home runs in support of another solid outing from Jake Arrieta, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 8-5 Tuesday night for their sixth straight win. Schwarber’s towering, three-run homer in the third set the tone for the Cubs, who have won 21 of 25 games to pull 7 1/2 games ahead of the Giants for the second wild-card spot.

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated right-hander Juan Nicasio from the 15-day disabled list.

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