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D-backs calmly turn page after rare home skid

Corbin: Team is prepared for upcoming stretch vs. Rockies, Dodgers
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PHOENIX -- It was a rare occurrence at Chase Field on Thursday afternoon as the D-backs dropped their second straight game at home, this time by a 10-4 margin to the Cardinals.

"Yes, we've lost a couple games in a row, but the four-alarm bells aren't going off," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "I like the idea of our guys learning from some of their mistakes today, and I think they will."

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PHOENIX -- It was a rare occurrence at Chase Field on Thursday afternoon as the D-backs dropped their second straight game at home, this time by a 10-4 margin to the Cardinals.

"Yes, we've lost a couple games in a row, but the four-alarm bells aren't going off," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "I like the idea of our guys learning from some of their mistakes today, and I think they will."

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It was the first time the D-backs had lost back-to-back home games since May 13-14. Right after those two losses, the D-backs ran off a stretch of 29 wins in 39 games before these two losses to the Cardinals.

A winning streak right about now would be huge for the D-backs, as their next six games are against the Rockies and Dodgers, the two teams they are battling with for first place in the National League West.

The D-backs play host to the Rockies beginning Friday, and then they will face the Dodgers for three games in Los Angles starting next Tuesday.

"Two very good team coming up here, so I wouldn't say it's do or die, but they're big games, and I know we're going to go out there and give it our best, and we're prepared for that," D-backs starter Patrick Corbin said.

Being able to separate one day, whether it's good or bad, from the next has been a strength for the D-backs this year, something they have constantly referred to as "turning the page."

The last time they lost two or more in a row was when they dropped three straight to the Marlins in Miami from June 2-4.

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"I know that we've shown that habit all year long," Lovullo said of taking things one day at a time. "These guys are tough. These guys will cycle through what happened. I know that they're going to make it a collective effort to come out energized tomorrow and play baseball. That's all we can do."

The Rockies are limping into Chase Field having dropped eight straight, a skid that the D-backs started by taking the final two games of a series between the two teams on June 21-22.

"It doesn't really matter how they've been playing," D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb said. "I know how good that lineup is, how good -- even though they're young -- how good those arms are. It's going to be a challenge. You know it's a big three games for this team, and I know everyone is excited. It's going to be fun, there's going to be a lot of people here."

Time to turn the page.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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