D-backs starter Mike Bolsinger hopes his fortunes change on Saturday against the Braves.
Since being recalled from Triple-A Reno on June 17, Bolsinger has made three quality starts and hasn't picked up a victory. In two of them, he was saddled with a loss.
But the defeats weren't all on his shoulders. In his last two games, his offense has provided him with only two combined runs.
"All you've got to do is just keep pitching and make sure you can keep your team in the game because anything can happen," Bolsinger said. "[Thursday], we had an inning where we scored seven, eight runs. That's baseball. Welcome to the game."
Bolsinger has pitched much better in his second stint with the D-backs this season. He made five appearances in April and early May, and his ERA shot up to 6.08.
But Bolsinger has been much improved in his second go-around, and his ERA is down to a more reasonable 4.53.
"He attacks hitters, he goes right at them, he mixes it up," first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. "He does a good job out there and we're happy to have him."
Up against the rookie is the veteran Aaron Harang (7-6, 3.69).
Harang has more career starts against the D-backs than Bolsinger has career appearances. In 17 career starts against Arizona, he is 3-9, but has a 3.27 ERA.
Bolsinger said he needed to do better with his command -- he issued four walks against the Padres on June 29 -- if he wants to get the D-backs on the right track against Harang.
"I'm not the kind of guys that's going to blow 95 past you, so if I do make a mistake, I'm more likely to have the ball go over the fence, and that's big for my game," he said. "That's something I take pride in is not walking people. In my last game, I kind of walked a few too many people.
"I'm big on keeping the ball down, hitting my spots and letting the movement kind of do its thing."
Braves: Homer drought not damaging offense
The Braves are 17-25 this season when they don't hit at least one home run, but six of those 17 wins have come since June 28.
The Braves are riding a hot streak, winning their last eight games, but most of their victories are coming without any big flies.
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons attributes the Braves' winning ways to small ball and their ability to run the bases -- not trot.
"The home runs aren't going to be there every day," he said. "It's nice to play small ball. Steal bases. We're running the bases well, going first to third and scoring runs."
D-backs: Goldschmidt's streak hits 25
Goldschmidt has been an on-base machine for the D-backs lately, reaching base in each of his last 25 games.
The likely All-Star continued his streak on Friday with a double -- his 31st, which leads the National League and trails only the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera's 32 in all of baseball.
The difference between his usual superb hitting and his current streak, though, has been his patience.
During his recent 25-game stretch, Goldschmidt has taken his pitches, drawing 28 walks while striking out 26 times.
"I think we're entering a new era for Paul," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said on Tuesday. "He's getting pitched very selectively. They're not giving in to him. It's a challenge to him to remain selective, which he has been."
• D-backs reliever Oliver Perez tossed a scoreless inning against the Braves on Friday, marking the sixth straight appearance in which he hasn't given up a run.
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.