PHOENIX (Ticker) -- The
are in the midst of their best stretch in nearly a year and some unlikely candidates are leading the way.
hit a two-run homer and fellow rookie
polished off his eighth save in as many opportunities as the Diamondbacks posted their eighth straight victory, a 3-2 triumph over the
Despite being without aces
and with most of its infield sidelined with injuries, Arizona is one win shy of matching the longest winning streak in franchise history.
"We are very happy winning every game on the homestand but, more importantly, we are playing better ball," Arizona manager
said. "We are doing things right."
The Diamondbacks' fifth straight win over Houston also featured starter
' first win in exactly one month.
Dessens (5-4) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings and snapped a stretch of five outings without a decision. He walked two and struck out four in evening his lifetime record against the Astros at 3-3.
"Elmer went out there with a real good game plan, a real good frame of mind," Brenly added. "He was extremely aggressive early on the game and he was good. He maintained it today. He didn't have a lapse. He didn't have an inning or a couple of hitters where he lost it all. He was focused and right on top of his game today."
"I felt good every time I went out (during the winless stretch)," Dessens said. "I think I was going to win but today I found my rhythm and threw strikes. I was going out there and thinking too much, but now I go out and I am relaxing. I needed a good outing."
got the final out of the seventh,
worked a hitless eighth. Valverde, who did not allow the ball out of the infield in the ninth, has appeared in seven of the eight games during the winning streak - recording five saves and a victory.
Overbay gave Dessens some early room for error by slicing a two-run shot just inside the left field foul pole in the second inning. The Arizona first baseman is batting .400 (12-for-30) over his last nine games.
"When I hit the ball that way it tends to slice, and that started down the line and stayed straight," Overbay said. "I got lucky. He throws pretty hard so it is tough to get around on him but I thought it was going foul. I don't think I ever hit a ball that went straight down the line."
Arizona right fielder
offered an honest response when asked about the team's success with so many young players.
"I'd be lying if I knew that those kids are doing what the are doing," Dellucci said. "I think everybody is surprised."
(5-8) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out six but fell to 1-3 lifetime against the Astros.
"He pitched well, had better command than in the past," Houston catcher
said. "He had a good curveball and gave us a chance to win. You can't fault him for his effort."
"I thought I did a good job early on," Miller said. "There were a couple of times in the middle of the game I didn't hit my spots."
went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a double play.
singled with one out in the second and Overbay hammered an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall for a 2-0 lead.
"With a runner on first I was just trying to put good wood on the ball," Overbay said. "I have been kind of pressing a bit trying to do too much instead of just getting on base and letting my teammates do the job."
"Overbay's home run looked like it was going foul," Ausmus said. "I think Overbay was as shocked as anyone."
Houston left a runner at second in the third inning and stranded runners at the corners in the fourth. An RBI double by
in the fourth pushed the Diamondbacks' lead to 3-0.
Houston finally solved Dessens in the seventh.
beat out an infield single and one out later
lined a home run to left.
Dessens got Miller to fly out but
beat out an infield hit and Brenly turned to Randolph. Randolph immediately balked, putting Hunter in scoring position, but got
on a popout.
Raggio worked around a one-out walk in the eighth before giving way to Valverde.
"Everett's two-run home run put us back in a situation where we were one swing away," Houston manager
said. "Their bullpen did an outstanding job."