Best way to end a skid? Hand the ball to Gallen

CHICAGO — When he showed up to the visitor’s clubhouse at Wrigley Field, D-backs right-hander Zac Gallen was aware of what rested on his shoulders as Thursday night’s starting pitcher.

The D-backs were coming off a series in which they were swept in four games over three days at Dodger Stadium, pushing their losing streak to six games.

The starting rotation — the part of the team that had fueled the D-backs’ recent run to better than .500 — had gone into the series with a 2.51 ERA, second best in all of baseball. Over the four games with the Dodgers, the rotation had an 11.88 ERA.

Someone had to put a stop to it, and Gallen was determined to be the guy who did, coming through as the winning pitcher in the D-backs’ 3-1 victory. His ERA is 1.14 through seven starts, the second-best mark in franchise history, only trailing Randy Johnson’s 0.93 ERA though seven starts in 2000.

“It’s something that [manager Torey Lovullo] talked about last year, just that he trusted me to try and be that stopper, you know, if things aren’t going well or they’re going south or whatever,” Gallen said. “So I take a lot of pride in that to try and at least give a shot to stay in the game and win the game. So yeah, I definitely wanted to take on that responsibility.”

As he warmed up and the game got…

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