DENVER -- Nick Ahmed is crushing the baseball, and it couldn’t come at a better time for the postseason-hopeful D-backs.
Ahmed launched his 14th home run of the season -- and his third in three games -- in the first inning before tripling in the third and singling in a

DENVER -- Nick Ahmed is crushing the baseball, and it couldn’t come at a better time for the postseason-hopeful D-backs.

Ahmed launched his 14th home run of the season -- and his third in three games -- in the first inning before tripling in the third and singling in a run in the eighth to help the D-backs beat the Rockies, 9-3, at Coors Field on Tuesday night.

Ahmed’s August surge is helping Arizona keep pace in the National League Wild Card standings, in which it remains 2 1/2 games back of St. Louis for the second berth.

At the end of July, Ahmed was hitting .263/.321/.419 with 10 homers. With Tuesday's 3-for-4 performance, the shortstop is batting .361/.439/.707 with four home runs in 11 games this month.

Ahmed’s hard-hit rate, per Statcast, was 33 percent through July 31. In August, it’s 48.3 percent. His barrel rate for the season entering August was 6.1 percent. This month, it’s at 19.3 after he had two more barrels Tuesday.

Needless to say, the D-backs hope this carries over through the rest of the regular season and, if others in the lineup follow Ahmed’s lead, potentially into October.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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