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Arizona's Corbin becomes first nine-game winner

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CHICAGO -- Patrick Corbin is finding ways to pile up victories without his best stuff.

Corbin became the major leagues' first nine-game winner, laboring through six innings Sunday in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 8-4 victory against the Chicago Cubs.

Corbin (9-0) allowed four runs and six hits, tying the team record for consecutive victories at the start of the season, set by Brandon Webb in 2008. The Diamondbacks are 11-0 in his starts.

"Actually the whole game he didn't have good stuff. His slider wasn't there, his fastball was cutting and we used his changeup more today. But he kept us in the game," catcher Wil Nieves said.

For the second straight start Corbin gave up at least four runs after not allowing more than two runs in his previous nine starts.

He hit two batters and walked two in a 33-pitch first inning, when he walked Dioner Navarro with the bases loaded. Corbin minimized the damage by retiring Cody Ransom on an inning-ending flyout to the warning track in center.

"We had a chance that one inning [first] to bust it open, but without the wind blowing in, Ransom probably could have been a grand slam and things change," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Brad Ziegler, David Hernandez and Heath Bell combined for hitless relief to secure the victory for Corbin.

"I think I was just rushing with my delivery a little bit, cutting off my fastballs and wasn't really locating too well. That was basically it," Corbin said.

Edwin Jackson (1-8) gave up seven runs -- five earned -- a season-high 12 hits, three walks and four wild pitches in 5 2/3 innings.

Nieves had three hits and two RBI for Arizona.

Scott Hairston hit his 100th career home run as the Cubs lost their second straight after a season-high five-game winning steak.

Arizona loaded the bases in the second when, with two men on, center fielder Julio Borbon took his eyes off of Corbin's routine fly ball to center and dropped the ball for an error.

Gerardo Parra followed with a two-run single, and Jackson's wild pitch allowed Corbin to score for a 3-1 lead.

Jackson's RBI single cut the deficit in the fourth, but Nieves' two-out RBI single boosted the lead to 4-2 in the fifth.

Hairston's fifth home run this season, a two-run drive, tied the score in the bottom half.

Corbin stayed in just long enough to get the victory.

"I thought I would go out back out to pitch in the sixth. I was going out there like I was going to hit. I felt fine. I know the first inning I threw a lot of pitches which got my pitch count up, but after that I think I settled in a little bit," Corbin said. "I'm just glad the sixth inning I was able to get out of it and keep the relievers out of that inning."

Jackson allowed three consecutive singles with two outs in the sixth, when Paul Goldschmidt drove in the go-ahead run. After an intentional walk to Jason Kubel loaded the bases, Cody Ross lined a two-run single for a 7-4 lead.

"On a day our team did a great job of coming back. They did a great job of battling against one of the best pitchers in the game right now and I did a terrible job of holding that game close enough for us to come back and win it after two quick outs in the sixth inning," Jackson said.

Struggling Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, who was booed, allowed three walks and an RBI single to Nieves in the eighth.

Notes

  • Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija accused Diamondbacks third-base coach Matt Williams of staring him down Saturday night. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson was irked. "He didn't get the win, did he?" Gibson said. "Maybe next time he should just shut up and pitch."
  • Marmol has walked six in his last 1 1/3 innings.
  • Goldschmidt finished with two hits and three runs.
 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

S. Hairston
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

W. Nieves
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, CF5012101 .311
Didi Gregorius, SS6110033 .315
Martin Prado, 3B4110102 .260
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3321200 .337
Jason Kubel, LF4020124 .248
Cody Ross, RF4022102 .270
Wil Nieves, C5132012 .385
Cliff Pennington, 2B4110116 .221
Patrick Corbin, P3100010 .083
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000011 .171
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   b- Josh Wilson, PH1000000 .200
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals40813779  
a-struck out for Corbin in the 7th
b-flied out for Hernandez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Cody Ross (6, Jackson)
RBI - Gerardo Parra 2 (17), Paul Goldschmidt (46), Cody Ross 2 (16), Wil Nieves 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (11), Cody Ross 2 (5), Wil Nieves 2 (4)
SB - Paul Goldschmidt 2 (6, 2nd base off Jackson/Navarro, 2nd base off Marmol/Navarro), Cliff Pennington (1, 2nd base off Parker/Navarro)
CS - Martin Prado (4, 3rd base by Marmol/Navarro)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Prado-Pennington-Goldschmidt, Gregorius-Goldschmidt
E - Cliff Pennington (4, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Patrick Corbin (W,9-0) 6644251 2.06
Brad Ziegler (H,8) 1000100 2.39
David Hernandez 1000030 2.92
Heath Bell 1000100 3.74
HBP - Castro (by Patrick Corbin), Hairston (by Patrick Corbin)
Pitches-Strikes - Patrick Corbin 104-69, Brad Ziegler 15-9, David Hernandez 22-15, Heath Bell 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Patrick Corbin 6-7, Brad Ziegler 1-1, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Patrick Corbin 28, Brad Ziegler 3, David Hernandez 3, Heath Bell 3
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Julio Borbon, CF5010002 .239
Starlin Castro, SS3100001 .258
Anthony Rizzo, 1B2000210 .256
Alfonso Soriano, LF4110023 .265
Scott Hairston, RF2112000 .171
   a- Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF1000010 .287
Dioner Navarro, C3001110 .230
Cody Ransom, 3B3000013 .221
   b- Luis Valbuena, PH-3B1000010 .256
Darwin Barney, 2B3120100 .214
Edwin Jackson, P2011000 .118
    Hector Rondon, P0000000 .000
   c- David DeJesus, PH1000011 .277
    Blake Parker, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
   d- Ryan Sweeney, PH1000001 .303
Totals3146448  
a-struck out for Hairston in the 8th
b-struck out for Ransom in the 8th
c-struck out for Rondon in the 6th
d-grounded into a double play for Gregg in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (12, Corbin), Darwin Barney (11, Corbin)
HR - Scott Hairston (5, Corbin)
RBI - Scott Hairston 2 (14), Dioner Navarro (14), Edwin Jackson (3)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Hairston 2 (3), Dioner Navarro (3), Edwin Jackson (3)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Julio Borbon (1, Dropped fly)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson (L,1-8) 5.21275340 6.29
Hector Rondon 0.1000010 6.38
Blake Parker 1000120 0.00
Carlos Marmol 1111320 5.64
Kevin Gregg 1000000 0.59
IBB - Kubel by Edwin Jackson
WP - Edwin Jackson 4 (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 108-62, Hector Rondon 3-3, Blake Parker 20-10, Carlos Marmol 34-17, Kevin Gregg 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 10-4, Blake Parker 1-0, Kevin Gregg 1-2
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 33, Hector Rondon 1, Blake Parker 4, Carlos Marmol 6, Kevin Gregg 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29667
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 47
Umpires - Home - Toby Basner, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West