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Diamondbacks approaching MLB record for innings with a lead

Posted: 10:31 AM, Sep 03, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-03 16:31:36Z
Leading up to Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Colorado Rockies, the Arizona Diamondbacks have held the lead at the end of each inning for 52 straight innings.
That's the third longest streak in the modern baseball era.
That also means they’ve scored at least one run in the first inning of each of their last five games.
The last time the Dbacks trailed at the end of an inning was at the end of the second inning against the San Francisco Giants on August 25.
The last time they weren’t in the lead at the end of an inning was the second inning on August 27, also against the Giants when the score was 0-0.
They are just three innings away from tying the MLB record set by the Baltimore Orioles in 1983 of 55 straight innings with a lead. The 1963 St. Louis Cardinals also had a streak of 53 innings with a lead.
So, to set the all-time MLB record, the Dbacks would have to score in the first inning of their game Sunday afternoon and hold the lead until the end of the fourth inning.
That would give them a record 56 straight innings with a lead.
The team could still continue their streak of innings without trailing if they were to go scoreless after one inning.
The Diamondbacks have also won nine straight games coming into Sunday. The last time they won nine in a row was August 23-31 of 2011.
The last time the team won at least 10 games in a row was back in 2003 when they won 12 in a row.
Arizona is 5.5 games ahead of Colorado for the first wild card spot, and 7 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers who are next closest in the standings.