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--2B Kelly Johnson has three hits and a walk in nine at-bats the past two games, thriving in the leadoff spot during the San Francisco series. He doubled on the second pitch of Wednesday's game and scored, then singled and stole his fifth base of the season in the fifth. Johnson had hit second most of the season before being held out of the starting lineup Saturday and Sunday after slumping to .175. "I just know before we gave him the time off that he was grinding it constantly. I've been there," manager Kirk Gibson said.

--RHP Armando Galarraga lost his third consecutive decision, giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He failed to get out of the sixth inning for the third time in his last four starts. Galarraga, whose ERA rose to 5.50, walked three in the Giants' two-run fourth inning, cutting into a 3-0 lead. "He had a real good pace, but he started slowing down a little bit," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He lost the strike zone. When he walked the pitcher (Jonathan Sanchez), that was not a good thing."

Galarraga said, "I had a bad inning. I lost (command)."

--The Diamondbacks were 1-for-11 (.091) with runners in scoring position Wednesday. They are 1-for-16 (.063) while losing the first two games of the San Francisco series and are 11-for-69 (.159) in nine May games. "We've had our opportunities," manager Kirk Gibson said. Despite that, the D-backs are 4-5 in May.

--RHP Josh Collmenter will make his first major league start Saturday in the second game of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium, filling the rotation spot vacated when RHP Barry Enright was optioned to Class AAA Reno on May 5. Collmenter is 1-0 with a 1.39 ERA in seven relief appearances since being recalled April 15. He has given up eight hits and one walk in 14 innings.

--SS/LF Willie Bloomquist (hamstring) played in an extended spring training game Tuesday and was expected to play there again Thursday and possibly Friday before rejoining the D-backs. "He's not quite there yet," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's right on track. This is probably a three-week thing. We hope he could come by the Dodgers series, but when he's ready, he's ready." The D-backs finish a nine-game road trip with a three-game series in Los Angeles this weekend before opening a seven-game homestand Monday. Bloomquist, out since April 22, is hitting .306 with seven RBI and a team-high seven stolen bases.

.159 -- The Diamondbacks' batting average with runners in scoring position (11-for-69) in May.

"He was trying to figure it out, figure it out, figure it out. It consumes you." -- Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, who gave slumping 2B Kelly Johnson two games off over the weekend and has seen him respond with three hits and a walk in the first two games of the San Francisco series.

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2015 Team Leaders
AVGPaul Goldschmidt , 1B.319
HRPaul Goldschmidt , 1B32
RBIPaul Goldschmidt , 1B108
OBPPaul Goldschmidt , 1B.433
SLGPaul Goldschmidt , 1B.564
RA.J. Pollock , CF109
SBA.J. Pollock , CF38
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ERARubby De La Rosa , SP4.67
WHIPRubby De La Rosa , SP1.36
KRubby De La Rosa , SP150
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