PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks were entitled to a victory with a little less drama.

The D-Backs won their seventh straight game Tuesday, a 12-5 defeat of the Houston Astros, to climb their closest to a playoff spot in two months.

Arizona trails NL West-leading San Francisco by six games and is within four games of Los Angeles for the wild-card lead. The Diamondbacks were last within four of the wild-card spot after the games of April 23.

The first six games of the D-Backs’ streak included four one-run victories and two by two runs. They pounded out 19 hits Tuesday — their most since July 17 at Colorado and their most at home since June 13, 2001, against the Chicago Cubs — and scored nine runs after the fourth inning.

The outburst made up for a sub-par start by Miguel Batista and allowed the bullpen breathing room to escape a few jams.

“The guys are refusing to lose,” Batista said. “The offense is picking us up all the time.”

David Dellucci and Tony Womack matched their career bests for hits with four each. Matt Kata drove in four runs, three on an eighth-inning homer into the pool area, and Alex Cintron was 3-for-6 with a a homer and three RBIs.

“It was just top to bottom,” manager Bob Brenly said. “Much like last year and the year before, that's a good blueprint for winning.”

Arizona broke open what had been a see-saw contest with two runs in the fifth inning — to take a 5-4 lead — three more in the sixth and one in the seventh. The D-Backs have come from behind for five of the wins in their streak.

Cintron homered for the second straight night, and fourth time in his past seven games, to turn a one-run lead into a three-run margin in the sixth.

“My timing is so perfect right now,” said Cintron, 5-for-9 in the series and batting .373 with 17 runs, 15 RBIs and five homers in 18 games this month. “I can see every kind of pitch.”

Kata homered in the ninth for the final margin. The Diamondbacks have homered in nine straight games, their longest streak since 11 straight June 2-12, 2001.

Batista (6-3) won his third straight start despite alowing four runs and throwing 99 pitches in six innings.

After striking out the side in order in the first inning, Batista allowed 10 of the next 19 batters to reach base safely.

Batista, who leads the D-Backs in wins, struck out seven for the third straight outing. But he also gave up seven hits and three walks and hit a batter.

“He just was a little inconsistent with his command, moreso that he has been,” Brenly said.

“Every time I missed my location, I got hit,” Batista said. “They're a great hitting team. You can't make too many mistakes.”

His ERA rose from 2.60 to 2.83, dropping him from fifth in the NL to eighth.

Stephen Randolph, Ricky Bottalico, Brady Raggio and Jose Valverde combined for the final three innings, with Randolph and Bottalico dodging some bullets. Houston left 12 runners on base.

Houston went up 2-0 in the top of the second inning, but Arizona responded with three runs on five hits in the bottom of the inning.

Craig Biggio doubled and scored in the third to tie the game, and then doubled home Adam Everett in the fourth to put the Astros up 4-3.

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