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A closer look: Hill hits two home runs as D-backs sweep Astros

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a baseball game. So, we will give you a closer look, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the D-backs’ August 19 win over the Astros. Final score: Diamondbacks 8, Astros 1.

The Good:

Aaron Hill continues to swing a hot bat for the D-backs. The second baseman hit two home runs against the Astros Sunday, with solo shots in the fourth and eighth innings. Hill also stroked a double, going 3-for-4 on the day and raising his average to .298 on the season.

Starter Ian Kennedy (11-10) delivered a strong performance on the mound for Arizona. The right-hander gave up one run on five hits with seven strikeouts in six innings of work to notch his first win since August 3.

The Bad:

Houston’s struggles continued under interim manager Tony DeFrancesco. The Astros dropped their fourth straight contest and saw their record fall to 7-33 in their last 40 games.

Noted:

The D-backs won their ninth game in a row over the Astros Sunday.

Left-fielder Jason Kubel was back in the lineup for Arizona, after missing time with a sore neck.

He said it:

“Great series. It was needed,” D-backs’ second baseman Aaron Hill said. “Hopefully we can carry this into the next few series and just keep it rolling. We need to catch on fire and get some momentum to catch the guys in front of us.”

Coming up:

The D-backs open a 10-game homestand at Chase Field. Left-hander Joe Saunders (6-9, 3.70) will get the start against the Miami Marlins Monday. He will be opposed by right-hander Mark Buehrle (10-11, 3.74).