D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was going to give Jason Kubel a second consecutive day off on Thursday, but in the end he elected to play him. That proved to be a fortuitous decision, as Kubel smacked two homers to help back Joe Saunders and lead the D-backs past the Pirates, 6-3, at PNC Park. "It was a good thing," Kubel said of Gibson's reversal. The D-backs swept the Dodgers to start the trip, and took the first game of the series with the Phillies before dropping the final two and then splitting with the Pirates. "He's got a chance of doing damage," Gibson explained before Thursday's game against the Pirates. "He's due." I kept telling myself, `Keep making good pitches, keep pounding the strike zone and it's going to start going your way."'