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D-backs' bats rebound, get best of Strasburg

PHOENIX -- It was quite a turnaround for the D-backs' offense.

One night after scoring just one run and losing by 10 runs to the Nationals, the D-backs turned the tables with a 16-hit performance that led to a 14-6 victory over the Nats.

"It felt pretty good," D-backs outfielder Mark Trumbo said. "I think it was kind of exactly what we needed after last night."

Trumbo certainly was just what the doctor ordered for the D-backs. The slugger belted a pair of home runs and drove in four as he continues a hot streak that has seen him hit four homers in his last six games.

"He just looks good as a hitter," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "He's a big man, strong, good short swing with really good bat speed. So when that all comes together, there are some exciting things that can happen."

Last week, Hale decided to put Trumbo in the No. 2 spot in the batting order, and the right-handed hitter has thrived there, hitting .333 with four homers.

"Today was pretty good," Trumbo said when asked how he's been seeing the ball. "Previous couple of games, pretty mediocre, but today, it seemed a little better."

Every D-backs starter in the lineup had a least one hit except for Paul Goldschmidt, who walked twice.

David Peralta, Aaron Hill and Chris Owings each had three hits.

Video: [email protected]: Hill doubles in two for the D-backs

"Top to bottom, everyone not only contributed, but hit some balls really hard, which can be a big boost going into future games," Trumbo said.

More impressive was that eight of the runs came off one of the National League's top pitchers, Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander lasted just 3 1/3 innings.

"We had some good at-bats, and when he threw it in the strike zone, we made him pay," Owings said. "We kept getting guys on and making him throw from the stretch, and I think that helped us out a little bit."

Video: [email protected]: Owings leads off the 4th with a triple

The D-backs were relentless at the plate. They scored a pair of runs in the first, one in the third, five in fourth, two in the fifth and four in the sixth.

"They had a good game plan going in, and they executed it," Hale said of his hitters. "[Strasburg's] a good pitcher. We knew going in we were going to have to battle him, and I think we got him into some decent counts and we were able to hit some pitches that weren't executed, which is the key. Instead of missing or fouling them back, we put them in play and got some hits."

After offseason shoulder surgery, Owings was forced to alter his mechanics at the plate, and he got off to a slow start. Recently, he showed signs of snapping out of it, and Tuesday he finished a home run away from hitting for the cycle.

"I feel like my swing has been there," Owings said. "Just a little inconsistent at times."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
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