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PHOENIX -- Juan Miranda homered, Daniel Hudson had an RBI single to go with eight strong innings on the mound and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

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The Diamondbacks won their sixth straight, their longest run in three seasons, and eighth in nine games to climb to .500 (23-23) for the first time since April 20.

Miranda, 9 for 18 on the homestand with five RBIs, left in the eighth inning after being hit in the right wrist by a pitch.

Hudson (5-5) allowed two runs, including Delmon Young's first homer of the season, and eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks to improve to 5-1 in his last six starts. Alex Burnett (0-3) took the loss.

J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth to extend his franchise record of 12 consecutive saves to start the season.

The first two outs for Putz were on line drives he snagged.

Arizona has the longest active win streak in the majors. Four of the victories have come by one run.

The Twins have lost 12 of 15 and, at 15-30, have the worst record in baseball.

Francisco Liriano got no decision in his third start since throwing a no-hitter against the White Sox in Chicago on May 3. He allowed two runs on six hits in six innings, striking out four and walking four.

Willie Bloomquist, the first batter Burnett faced, doubled to center, where Alexi Casilla booted the ball, allowing the runner to advance to third. Casilla made a bobbling, over-the-shoulder catch of Ryan Roberts' flyball in deep center field, a sacrifice fly that scored Bloomquist to put Arizona ahead 3-2.

Miranda's home run, with one out in the fourth, was only the fifth for a left-handed hitter -- out of 56 total -- against the lefty Liriano and first since Ken Griffey Jr. did it on opening day of 2009.

After the home run, Xavier Nady walked, then Henry Blanco's bloop single put runners at first and second with two outs. Hudson singled in the run, his fifth RBI of the season, and Arizona led 2-0.

Young started the Minnesota fifth with an infield single, then Rene Rivera doubled to leave runners at second and third with no outs. Hudson fanned Casilla, but Liriano's groundout brought Young home to cut the lead to 2-1. Ben Revere bounced out to third to end the inning.

Young's leadoff home run in the seventh tied it at 2.

NOTES: Liriano's single in the third was his second major league hit. The other was on May 19, 2006, at Milwaukee. ... Arizona swept an interleague series at home for the first time in franchise history. ... Minnesota plays its next six at home, where the Twins have played just 15 games, fewest in the majors. ... The Diamondbacks have Monday off, then play a doubleheader at Colorado, one of them to make up an April 3 game that was snowed out. ... Arizona's Justin Upton was 0 for 4 and is hitless in his last 15 at-bats.

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