The D-backs have quite a bit of ground to make up over the final four weeks of the regular season, as they hunt for one of two National League Wild Card spots.
Arizona enters its series with the Blue Jays with a six-game deficit for the second Wild Card held by the Reds.
After a walk-off win on Saturday, veteran Eric Chavez shouted a message to fans over the loudspeaker at Chase Field.
"Don't give up; we're not going to give up," Chavez said. "Let's have a good month."
The month got off to an inauspicious start for the D-backs, who dropped their series finale to the Giants on Sunday. They will host Toronto on Monday for the first of three games, and Arizona's second baseman should be plenty motivated. Aaron Hill will face his former team for the first time.
Hill, drafted by Toronto in 2003, spent more than eight years in the organization before the Blue Jays dealt him to Arizona for Kelly Johnson in 2011. In Toronto, Hill experienced ups -- he was named an All-Star in 2009, a season in which he slugged 36 homers and tallied 108 RBIs. He also endured downs -- he batted only .205 in 2010.
He has thrived in Arizona, signing a contract extension that will keep him with the club through the 2016 campaign. This year, Hill is batting .309 with nine homers and 35 RBIs, but has played in only 66 games because of injury. He spent more than two months on the disabled list with a broken bone in his hand.
"I think it's tough for anybody to come back after missing that amount of time and get into a rhythm," Hill said. "Baseball is all about getting into a rhythm and finding what works. Every year is going to be different, so you've got to just find what's going to make you comfortable in the box and just keep going with it."
With Hill and All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt anchoring the offense, the D-backs will aim to remain in the playoff chase through the remainder of the regular season.
In Monday's series-opening tilt, Blue Jays righty Esmil Rogers (3-7, 5.03 ERA) will square off against D-backs veteran Brandon McCarthy (3-8, 5.03 ERA).
Blue Jays: Delabar back
• All-Star reliever Steve Delabar rejoined the Blue Jays on Sunday. The right-hander, who just a few years ago was a substitute teacher, has been dealing with right shoulder inflammation for the last month.
"The strength was there, and even when I was still pitching [with a sore shoulder], I could pitch," Delabar said. "It was just ... that inflammation there ... just wouldn't go away. It just needed a few more days than I was getting. So that was the idea to shut me down for a little bit and get me going again."
Delabar has posted a 2.90 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings this season.
D-backs: Bullpen gets boost
• Arizona recalled veteran relievers David Hernandez and Tony Sipp from Triple-A Reno on Sunday to bolster their exhausted bullpen. The D-backs also acquired reliever Matt Langwell from Cleveland to complete the Jason Kubel trade from over the weekend.
"Our bullpen has been overworked, so to be able to add additional arms, that'll help us spread it around a little bit and keep guys fresher," manager Kirk Gibson said. "I just don't want to get to the point where guys are throwing four out of five days again, unless we have to. We've had a fair amount of that in the last month."
• Toronto has scored only 22 runs over its last seven games, though the Blue Jays are 5-2 during that stretch.