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• Thursday's game against the Rangers marked the first of 14 road games for the D-backs over their next 17 contests. And 24 of their next 31 games are on the road.

"It's just that part of the year," Gibson said. "It has been [a tough stretch]. We come home for four days and then we head out. We're going to be home for three days and then go back out. We've got a tough schedule this year."

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• Thursday's game against the Rangers marked the first of 14 road games for the D-backs over their next 17 contests. And 24 of their next 31 games are on the road.

"It's just that part of the year," Gibson said. "It has been [a tough stretch]. We come home for four days and then we head out. We're going to be home for three days and then go back out. We've got a tough schedule this year."

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• Paul Goldschmidt has hit safely in his last eight Interleague games, and had a four-hit day on Thursday. He has hit seven home runs this month, tied for his career high, and 23 RBIs, the most in a month during his career.

Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Heath Bell, Willie Bloomquist, Trevor Cahill, Eric Chavez, Brandon McCarthy