That's particularly true against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Goldschmidt looks to continue being one of the main catalysts behind the NL West leaders Wednesday night in St. Louis.
The 25-year-old has emerged as Arizona's top hitter, leading the team with a .335 average, 13 homers and 49 RBIs in his second full season in the majors, and his influence on games has been obvious. He's batting .413 with 11 homers and 41 RBIs in Diamondbacks victories compared to .221 with two home runs and eight RBIs in defeat.
His production is a big reason Arizona (32-25) leads the division by two games over second-place San Francisco. The Diamondbacks host the Giants for three games this weekend.
Goldschmidt will likely be key if they're going to pad their lead before that series. He's 9 for 20 with two doubles and two homers while plating five runs in four wins over the Cardinals, but 1 for 21 with a homer and two RBIs in seven career defeats.
That disparity in production has held true in this series. He went 0 for 4 in Monday's 7-1 loss to open this four-game set before getting three hits - two doubles - with two RBIs, while diving in the go-ahead run in a 7-6, 14-inning win a day later.
Goldschmidt is among baseball's leaders with a .451 average, six homers and 36 RBIs with runners in scoring position.
"I pretend there is nobody on base and just stick with my same approach," he said. "It's worked so far. We'll see what happens the rest of the year."
Wade Miley (3-5, 5.01 ERA) is more concerned with the immediate future as he seeks to end a career-high four game losing streak during which he's compiled a 9.14 ERA. He had been 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA in his first seven outings of the season after his 16 wins led the team last year, and his 3.33 ERA was the rotation's lowest.
The left-hander is trying to avoid over-analyzing his recent performances after surrendering seven runs and three homers in seven innings of a 7-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
"I don't want to think about it," Miley said. "I don't even want to talk about it until after. I just want to go pitch."
Miley was charged with a 7-2 loss his only start with the Cardinals on May 9, 2012, allowing three runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Kelly, though, may need to go deep after five relievers combined to throw 9 1-3 innings Tuesday. All 16 of his appearances this season have come out of the bullpen, and his longest lasted three innings and 62 pitches in a defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 25.
Kelly went 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA over 16 starts last year.
"I don't know if I'm that kind of guy where I need to be built up," Kelly told the team's official website. "If they ask for 80 pitches, I'll be able to give them 80 pitches."
He's 1-0 while allowing five runs and three homers in nine innings over one start and three total games versus Arizona.
Matt Carpenter is on a career-high 13-game hitting streak, compiling a .418 average. However, he became the first Cardinal to get plunked three times in a game Tuesday.
|May 31, 2013||Brandon McCarthy||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|May 31, 2013||Eric Chavez||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 30, 2013||Eric Chavez||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|May 26, 2013||Ian Kennedy||Day-to-Day||Cut on right index finger|
|May 08, 2013||J.J. Putz||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|April 27, 2013||Didi Gregorius||7-Day DL||Mild concussion|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|May 26, 2013||John Gast||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tightness|
|May 26, 2013||Carlos Beltran||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder soreness|
|May 25, 2013||John Gast||Day-to-Day||Left game - left shoulder tightness|
|May 21, 2013||Fernando Salas||15-Day DL||Right shoulder irritation|
|May 18, 2013||Jaime Garcia||60-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|May 09, 2013||Jake Westbrook||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Another day, another big swing for Paul Goldschmidt .
The slugging first baseman belted his second grand slam in five days, Wade Miley bounced back from his two worst outings of the season and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-3 on Wednesday night.
Arizona has won four of five. St. Louis, with the best record in the majors, dropped back-to-back games for the first time since April 28-29.
Goldschmidt became the first Arizona player with two slams on the same road trip. He hit one in a 12-4 win at the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
"Sometimes you come through and sometimes you don't," he said. "I just show up and try to take a good at-bat."
Goldschmidt also hit a go-ahead single in the 14th inning to beat St. Louis on Tuesday night. He has a team-best 14 homers and leads the NL with 53 RBIs, including 12 in his last five games.
"I feel like every time I come up there I have men on base," said Goldschmidt, who went 2 for 5 to raise his batting average to .336. "I've had a lot of opportunities."
Although Goldschmidt is uncomfortable talking about his exploits, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson is happy to sing his praises.
"He's on a roll and he's really carrying us," Gibson said. "He's got a great approach up there. He's a huge cog for us and he's getting better."
Goldschmidt's offense helped Miley (4-5) get back on track. He gave up three runs and 11 hits over 6 2-3 innings after allowing seven earned runs in each of his previous two starts.
"I just went out and pitched and tried not to think about anything," Miley said. "Go right at the guys and get ahead. I wanted to get as deep into the game as I could."
Martin Prado had two doubles and scored twice for the Diamondbacks. Willie Bloomquist added two hits.
The Diamondbacks' 10-run outburst is their most in St. Louis since scoring 17 runs on April 17, 2001.
Joe Kelly (0-3), making his first start of the season, gave up one earned run in 5 2-3 innings. He made 16 appearances of out of the bullpen this season, but was forced into a spot start due to a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.
"Joe did a good job for us, we needed that," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.
Kelly threw 80 pitches and kept the Cardinals close while he was in the game.
"I was happy with it," Kelly said. "I was just trying to go out there and give the team everything I could."
Matt Carpenter had four hits for the Cardinals, running his career-best hitting streak to 14 games.
The Diamondbacks erupted for five runs in the seventh off just-called up right-hander Maikel Cleto to make it 7-1. Wil Nieves had an RBI single before Goldschmidt hit his 421-foot slam.
Gerardo Parra keyed Arizona's three-run eighth with a two-run single.
David Freese extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games with a single in the St. Louis sixth. It's the longest current run in the majors.
NOTES: The start of the game was delayed 46 minutes by rain. ....St. Louis C Yadier Molina served a one-game suspension. He was ejected for bumping umpire Mike Everitt on Sunday. Molina, who was originally going to appeal the decision, caught all 14 innings in a 7-6 loss to Arizona on Tuesday. ... St. Louis rookie RHP Shelby Miller (6-3, 1.82 ERA) will face Ian Kennedy (3-3, 4.74) on Thursday in the final game of the four-game series.