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Arizona lefty Corbin improves to 8-0 despite so-so start

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PHOENIX -- Patrick Corbin breezed through his previous start, getting hitters to dive after his slider, chase pitches out of the strike zone.

The San Diego Padres had seen the young left-hander once before and weren't going to be lured into his effectively wild approach.

It still didn't matter.

Corbin battled through six innings and passed a five-time Cy Young Award winner along the way, becoming the first Arizona left-hander to start with eight consecutive wins in the Diamondbacks' 6-5 victory against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

"The thing about Patrick is he kept his composure," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "This was a total contrast to the last game he pitched and he kept grinding it out."

A stellar start to the season put Corbin in select company, joining Randy Johnson as the only left-handers in team history to open a season 7-0 after tossing a three-hitter against Colorado his last start.

The Padres were much more selective after facing Corbin on May 4 and made the 23-year-old work for his outs the second time around, becoming the first team to score more than two earned runs against him this season.

Corbin fought his way through it, making just enough good pitches and getting plenty of help from the offense to pass Johnson and become the third Arizona pitcher to start 8-0.

Eric Chavez hit a home run for the second successive game, Martin Prado matched a career high with four of Arizona's 11 hits and drove in a big run in the seventh inning after getting three hits the night before.

Corbin also helped himself with a run-scoring single in the fifth off Tommy Layne (0-1).

Heath Bell closed out the workman-like win with a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

"They were laying off some good pitches," Corbin said. "I didn't have my best stuff, but I wanted to go out there and battle them."

Corbin made one big mistake and Carlos Quentin hit it out for a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Kyle Blanks also had two RBI, but the Padres couldn't get much else going against Arizona's left-hander to lose for the fourth time in five games.

"Corbin, you can see why his stats are what they are," Padres manager Bud Black said. "That is a live left arm, it really is. A live fastball, good slider and occasionally a solid changeup. We put some stress on him, we did. We had some good swings but he is a good pitcher. We will see him again. He is going to be around a while."

Corbin has been one of baseball's best pitchers through the first two months of the season, using an effectively wild approach and a wicked slider to keep hitters off-balance.

He went 6-8 with a 4.54 ERA in 22 games last season -- 17 starts -- after being traded from the Los Angeles Angels in 2010.

Corbin's success this season has come from his ability to throw strikes; he leads the majors hitting the plate 71 percent of the time.

The Padres jumped on Corbin's strike-throwing tendencies right away, with leadoff hitter Chris Denorfia hitting his first pitch past Chavez at third for a double. Denorfia moved over on a sacrifice and scored on Chase Headley's groundout, giving San Diego an early lead on a pitcher who hasn't trailed much this season.

It didn't last the inning.

Paul Goldschmidt lined a double off Jason Marquis in the bottom half and Chavez followed with his seventh homer of the season, a two-run, opposite-field shot to left.

Arizona added two more runs in the second against Marquis, on Miguel Montero's run-scoring double and a sacrifice fly by Gerardo Parra that made it 4-1.

Marquis continued to labor with his command and was replaced after walking two in the fourth inning. He allowed four runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings

"There were some positives and some negatives," said Marquis, who had won his five previous decisions. "Obviously, I would like to go deeper. I just wasn't executing. They had a good game plan. They were attacking me early in the count. A lot of first-pitch, second-pitch swings. It worked to their advantage today."

Corbin wasn't exactly sharp, either.

He hurt himself in the fourth inning with an off-balance throw that sailed into the stands for an error, setting up Blanks' run-scoring single that cut Arizona's lead to 4-2.

An opening walk in the fifth led to trouble, too, when Quentin hit his fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot that tied the game at 4.

Corbin helped himself in the bottom half and put Arizona back up with his second hit of the season, a looping, RBI single just over the third-base bag. He was done following a leadoff single in the seventh inning after allowing four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits with five strikeouts.

Corbin joins Micah Owings in 2011 and Brandon Webb in 2006 and 2008 as the only Arizona pitchers to open a season 8-0.

"I just wanted to try to keep us in the game," Corbin said. "We did a good job scoring early, putting us ahead and I just wanted to keep it."

He did, just barely, putting him alone in Arizona's record book and ahead of the best pitcher in franchise history.

Notes
  • Arizona has an extra-base hit in 34 consecutive games.
  • Quentin finished the series 6 for 10 with three doubles and a homer.
  • The Diamondbacks will call up LHP Tyler Skaggs to start the first game of Monday's doubleheader against Texas after RHP Ian Kennedy cut his index finger doing the dishes and was scratched. RHP Trevor Cahill will pitch the second game in the first scheduled doubleheader in Chase Field history.
  • LHP Clayton Richard will pitch for San Diego against Seattle on Monday after a stint in the minors to work on his mechanics. Richard originally went on the 15-day DL on May 5 with an intestinal virus after going 0-4 with an 8.54 ERA.
 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Quentin
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

M. Prado
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, CF-LF5120001 .303
Everth Cabrera, SS2100111 .264
Chase Headley, 3B4001002 .262
Carlos Quentin, LF4122001 .218
    Will Venable, PR-CF0100000 .229
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4110011 .269
Kyle Blanks, RF4022000 .284
Jesus Guzman, 1B2000101 .186
    Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1000001 .310
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
Nick Hundley, C3010021 .250
   b- Alexi Amarista, PH1000010 .277
Jason Marquis, P2000013 .143
    Tommy Layne, P0000000 .000
    Yonder Alonso, 1B2010000 .283
Totals3459526  
a-popped out for Stauffer in the 8th
b-struck out for Hundley in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Denorfia (10, Corbin), Carlos Quentin (9, Ziegler), Kyle Blanks (4, Ziegler)
HR - Carlos Quentin (5, Corbin)
SH - Everth Cabrera (6)
RBI - Chase Headley (15), Carlos Quentin 2 (16), Kyle Blanks 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Quentin 2 (8), Kyle Blanks (6)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Quentin 1
DP - Gyorko-Cabrera-Guzman
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Marquis 3.1744421 3.70
Tommy Layne (L,0-1) 2.1311020 3.86
Tim Stauffer 1.1111130 3.12
Joe Thatcher 1000010 1.76
IBB - Pollock by Jason Marquis
HBP - Gregorius (by Jason Marquis)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 65-36, Tommy Layne 29-18, Tim Stauffer 28-15, Joe Thatcher 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 3-4, Tommy Layne 2-1, Tim Stauffer 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 21, Tommy Layne 8, Tim Stauffer 6, Joe Thatcher 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF4001010 .301
Didi Gregorius, SS3000110 .330
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B2110210 .320
Eric Chavez, 3B4112003 .333
Jason Kubel, LF3110102 .244
Martin Prado, 2B4141000 .257
Miguel Montero, C4111023 .189
A.J. Pollock, CF3120111 .275
Patrick Corbin, P2011013 .095
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
   a- Josh Wilson, PH1000010 .204
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals30611658  
a-struck out for M. Reynolds in the 8th
Batting
2B - Paul Goldschmidt (14, Marquis), Martin Prado 2 (9, Marquis, Stauffer), Miguel Montero (4, Marquis), A.J. Pollock (15, Layne)
HR - Eric Chavez (7, Marquis)
SF - Gerardo Parra (2)
SH - Patrick Corbin (5)
RBI - Gerardo Parra (13), Eric Chavez 2 (24), Martin Prado (14), Miguel Montero (15), Patrick Corbin (2)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Chavez 2 (8), Patrick Corbin (1)
CS - Jason Kubel (1, 2nd base by Marquis/Hundley)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Prado-Goldschmidt
E - Patrick Corbin (1, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Patrick Corbin (W,8-0) 6743251 1.71
Brad Ziegler (H,7) 1.2211000 2.63
Matt Reynolds (H,5) 0.1000000 1.25
Heath Bell (S,8) 1000010 4.05
Pitches-Strikes - Patrick Corbin 105-69, Brad Ziegler 18-12, Matt Reynolds 6-3, Heath Bell 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Patrick Corbin 4-9, Brad Ziegler 3-1, Heath Bell 2-0
Batters Faced - Patrick Corbin 27, Brad Ziegler 6, Matt Reynolds 1, Heath Bell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27639
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski