PHOENIX -- On the same day the D-backs inked their first-round Draft pick, catcher Stryker Trahan, the club's current mainstay behind home plate made a statement with one swing of the bat, demonstrating why the franchise invested the biggest contract in its history in him less than a month ago.Ahead by a run with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth inning on Saturday, Miguel Montero crushed a fastball to left-center field for a grand slam, catapulting the D-backs to their sixth victory in seven games, an 8-3 triumph over the Athletics at Chase Field. "Feels really good, especially the way I've been swinging the bat," said Montero, who was 2-for-11 in his previous three games. "All the guys are swinging good, so I felt like I needed to get into the groove. I was looking for a fastball, I got what I wanted and got the barrel on it." The victory clinched the D-backs' third straight series win at home after they had lost six straight. With a win Sunday, the club will move to .500 for the first time since May 5, when it was 14-14. "We were scuffling five games ago and we did a lot of talking on how we needed to reverse it," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We committed to ourselves. We needed to get rid of all the negative things around us. We've played good recently."
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com . This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.