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Snake Bites

• The bullpen has cost the D-backs their fair share of games in 2013, having already blown an MLB-leading 11 saves. But while admitting his relievers need to be better, Gibson put some of the blame on the offense, which hasn't provided much support as of late. The team has scored three or fewer runs in five consecutive games entering Monday.

"We all know we need to close down games better, but I think maybe we're focusing on the wrong thing; we need to be better offensively," Gibson said. "There's really no margin for error right now. That's not to say that's not their job, but at the same time, it'd be nice if they had a couple extra runs to deal with."

• With how well Paul Goldschmidt has played so far this season, it's of little surprise that the first baseman ranks fifth in the National League in walks with 23. Gibson doesn't mind when opposing teams pitch around the slugger, though, as he thinks Goldschmidt is dangerous wherever he is.

"If they put him on, his running game is pretty good too," the manager said. "They'll have to deal with him that way. He certainly looks like a true No. 3 hitter the way his game is, he's good in all facets."

Last season, Goldschmidt stole 18 bases in 21 attempts. This year he has taken four bags on five chances.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for
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