D-backs cut magic number to 2 with 8-5 win

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By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

PHOENIX (AP) -- Miguel Montero had a two-run homer among his three hits and the Arizona Diamondbacks jumped on the Pittsburgh Pirates early in an 8-5 win on Wednesday that moved them another step closer to the NL West crown.

A day after stranding 11 runners in a loss to Pittsburgh, the Diamondbacks put pressure on the Pirates from the start, setting a team record with four stolen bases while scoring three runs off Russ Ohlendorf (1-3) in the first inning.

Arizona added five more runs in the third inning with two-run hits by Aaron Hill and Ryan Roberts, giving Wade Miley (4-2) more than enough run support.

J.J. Putz struck out the side in the ninth for his 43rd save, dropping Arizona's magic number to two over the Giants, who played the Dodgers later.
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