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Hudson fans seven in a strong effort

The D-backs couldn't be happier to be back from their road trip, and it showed in Monday night's seven-run outburst against Seattle at Chase Field.

On Tuesday, in the second game of a three-game set against the Mariners, they look for their seventh straight home victory after a road trip that ended with them getting shut out on consecutive days. A win would push Arizona back to the .500 mark, the first step in fighting to get back into the National League West race.

If the offense is indeed back, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said it wasn't originally lacking because of who was on the mound for the opposition -- despite some impressive pitching performances by the Angels and Rangers.

"I don't give them too much credit," Gibson said. "We respect them all, and they did a good job against us, but when you get shut out three times and you score one run another time in six games, I would say you have to put some of that on yourself."

Looking to put the D-backs back into their funk will be Mariners righty Erasmo Ramirez, coming off his first career start. The 22-year-old Ramirez (0-1, 4.50 ERA) had to exit after five innings with a high pitch count. He surrendered six runs (five earned) on eight hits.

"He was up a little bit more than we'd like to see him," manager Eric Wedge said. "It made it tough for him. They fouled a lot of pitches off, had some long ABs there in that first inning. He gets up a little, that's when it flattens out on him."

D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson counters Ramirez (3-1, 5.67 ERA), looking for a second straight solid start after a career-worst outing against Oakland. Hudson limited the Rangers to three runs over seven innings after he had surrendered six in just an inning and a third the start before.

Although he's facing the last-place Mariners, Gibson was quick to note the D-backs aren't taking them lightly.

"They play in a pretty tough division, and they've had some pretty good success against some pretty good teams," Gibson said. "I know it's a team we don't need to take lightly."

Mariners: Ichiro to return to lineup
Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki will return to the lineup on Tuesday after Wedge gave him the day off on Monday against Arizona left-hander Wade Miley.

It marked just the second time Ichiro was out of the starting lineup this season -- a season in which he has slumped to a .255 batting average.

"It does help him to have a day off every now and again," Wedge said. "He's been playing for a long time and he does a great job of keeping himself in shape. He works hard. The routine doesn't change. But he's still human. To have a day every now and again is a good thing for him."

Ichiro is one hit shy of 2,500 in his Major League career.

D-backs: Kubel happy to return to field
On the D-backs' recent Interleague road trip, outfielder Jason Kubel spent the entire stretch as a designated hitter -- something he did quite a few times when playing for the Twins in the American League.

Strangely, Kubel said, despite not having to play defense, he was sorer than he'd been all season during the road trip. He was back in left field on Monday and figures to remain there this series.

"It's nice to get out there and feel more into it and stay loose," Kubel said. "I've gone longer without playing the field, so it'll take care of itself real soon."

• Aaron Hill became just the fifth player in D-backs history to hit for the cycle on Monday. His seventh-inning home run capped the historic performance, and he became the first Arizona player to do so since Kelly Johnson in 2010.

• D-backs shortstop Willie Bloomquist has reached base safely in 23 of his last 24 games.

Worth noting
• Monday's win snapped the D-backs' seven-game losing streak against the Mariners that dated back to July 17, 2001.

• The 30 shutouts by Mariners pitchers since Interleague Play began in 1997 are the most in baseball. Comments