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Gibson wants his hitters to reboot their mental approach

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The Diamondbacks' offensive troubles on their current road trip were exemplified in the first inning of a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers at Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

The game's first two batters, Chris Young and Melvin Mora, both hit doubles, and Arizona still did not score.

Young had to stop at third on Mora's ball, a popup on which the Dodgers' second baseman and first baseman collided, and Los Angeles left-hander Clayton Kershaw got out of the inning with two strikeouts and a popout.

The D-backs had more success later, when Xavier Nady hit an RBI single in the eighth and Miguel Montero had a two-run single in the ninth, but they were still only 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

The D-backs were 3-for-26 (.115) with runners in scoring position while being swept in a three-game series in San Francisco that ended Thursday. They were a more palatable 7-for-23 (.304) at San Diego, but they still lost two of three to the Padres to open a nine-game trip.

"As that develops, you put added pressure on yourself," manager Kirk Gibson said. "The pressure seems to build in those situations. Every pitch, every play, seems like it has added effect. We are going to try to be more relaxed in those situations and have better results.

"You see guys lock up in certain situations. They're over-thinking it. You have to try to simplify things. My analogy is like a computer. A computer freezes up, you try to go back to the restore point. The computer is still good, but the place it is at doesn't work. It gets confused. A week ago, we beat the Rockies and we were feeling good about ourselves. We've played pretty good baseball this week. It's not like we're playing terrible baseball. So your mind tries to restore back to where we felt after the Rockies."

The D-backs fell behind 4-0 Friday before their comeback, but the end result was their sixth loss -- all by one run -- in the first seven games of their road trip.

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