The vibes are nearing all-time highs for the Diamondbacks as they extended their winning streak to four games with a 5-0 Saturday morning win over the Detroit Tigers.
It was rookie Ryne Nelson who cruised through a struggling Tigers offense in what may have been his best start of the season. Nelson tossed 5.2 shutout innings, allowing just four hits, most of which came with two outs.
While he was not able to escape the sixth inning due to a couple of walks, reliever Austin Adams closed any threat of scoring by coming in and getting a quick out, stranding the bases loaded.
The Diamondbacks bullpen was excellent, as they allowed just two hits in their 3.1 innings.
On the offensive side, it was a pair of home runs that would ultimately give the Diamondbacks the win.
Shortstop Nick Ahmed slammed a two-run homerun in the 2nd inning to get things started. Then Lourdes Gurriel Jr., in his first game back from an injury, hit one into the left field bleachers to drive in three more.
Both home runs went over 400 feet.
The Diamondbacks offense did go quiet after the three-run shot from Gurriel; however, five runs was all that was needed thanks to an excellent performance from the pitching staff.
Now, Arizona holds a three-game lead over the Dodgers for first place in the NL West. The D-backs are just one win shy of the 40-win mark; they would be the third team to reach 40 wins if they can complete the sweep tomorrow.
And the sweep is looking likely, as the Diamondbacks will have their ace Zac Gallen take the mound bright and early at 8:35 AM on Sunday.