D-backs on longest win streak in 3 seasons

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PHOENIX (AP) -- After two seasons in the NL West basement, the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking downright respectable.

Nobody is rushing to reserve World Series tickets barely a quarter of the way through the season, but the Diamondbacks have won six in a row -- their longest streak in three seasons -- and eight of nine to climb to .500. They enter Tuesday's doubleheader at Colorado just a half-game behind the second-place Rockies.

Manager Kirk Gibson's emphasis on details and a positive attitude could be paying off. New general manager Kevin Towers has transformed the worst bullpen in baseball into an effective unit. He's changed the clubhouse chemistry with an influx of journeymen professionals.

One of the newcomers, closer J.J. Putz, is 12 for 12 in save opportunities.