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Goldschmidt's big season continues in Arizona

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PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt continued his assault on the league leader board and the Diamondbacks' record book Sunday, when he had four hits and a tied a career high with five RBIs in an 8-2 victory over Colorado.

Goldschmidt hit his 32nd homer for a 3-0 lead in the third inning and finished a triple short of the cycle. With a run-scoring single in the first inning and a two-run double in the fourth, he increased his NL-leading RBI total to 114.

"He was complaining about how he hasn't been running the bases much lately," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said with a smile. "Today was another good day for him, and he's done it many times for us. It's welcome what he does. He's just had a great year for us. Continues to go."

Goldschmidt is within one homer of NL leader Pedro Alvarez, of Pittsburgh, and he has a big lead in the RBI race. Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips (101) is the only other NL player with more than 100 RBIs.

An MVP candidate, Goldschmidt already has set career records for homers and RBIs among D-backs first basemen, and his 32 homers are tied for ninth in franchise history.

His 114 RBIs are tied for third on the D-backs' career list with Luis Gonzalez, who with Matt Williams holds the season record at 142.

Goldschmidt's homer broke a drought of 83 at-bats without once, since his grand slam at Cincinnati on Aug. 20. The ball hit the batter's eye just above the demarcation line in dead center field, and umpires did not immediately rule it a homer.

"He didn't even get to jog on that one. You're going to go through streaks like that any way you look at it," Gibson said.

"I knew it had been awhile," Goldschmidt said. "That's the way the game is. You just try to have good at-bats, and stuff like that kind of happens. I don't even know how to hit them (homers). I just try to hit the ball hard. There is no reason to try to do anything different. Sometimes it just happens."
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