Corbin leads D-backs over Cubs 6-2 as NL Central tightens

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks had been grinding their way through games, playing from behind for most of the week.

Patrick Corbin gave them a chance to play with a lead.

Corbin twice escaped jams in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, David Peralta hit an inside-the-park home run and the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 6-2 on Saturday night, cutting Chicago's NL Central lead over St. Louis to a percentage point.

''Really impressive outing by Patrick on a night when we really needed a starting pitcher to step up,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ''He went as far as he could for as long as he could.''

Jon Lester (8-7) allowed four runs - three earned - and seven hits in six innings as the Cubs lost for the seventh time in 10 games.

Chicago led the division by 5 1/2 games before play on Aug. 2, but the Cardinals have closed with eight straight victories, their longest winning streak in two years.

''Jon Lester was outstanding,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''He was pinpoint with everything. His stuff was great, absolutely deserved a better fate.''

Corbin (9-11) allowed five hits and struck out eight. He escaped trouble in the opening inning when Ian Happ hit an inning-ending groundout with runners at the corners.

Shortstop Ketel Marte threw out Javier Baez at the plate in the fifth on Ben Zobrist's grounder - a call upheld in a video review. Anthony Rizzo hit an inning-ending flyout with the bases loaded.

At Wrigley Field on Aug. 1, Corbin gave up eight runs in three innings. But he is 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA in 12 home starts this season.

''I felt pretty good warming up and I just wanted to go out there and try to pitch as deep as I could, give us a chance to win,'' Corbin said.

Kris Bryant hit a two-run single off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning before David Hernandez threw a called third strike past Zobrist with two on for his second save this season.

Chicago was 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 runners.

''I think we put together some good at-bats that last inning,'' Bryant said. ''You've got to score runs to win and we didn't do that until the end.''

J.D. Martinez put the Diamondbacks ahead in a four-run sixth with an RBI double off the wall in right. Baez sailed a relay throw from shortstop to the plate for an error that allowed in another run, and Brandon Drury lined a two-run double off the center-field wall.

Peralta hit Arizona's second inside-the-park homer of the season in the eighth inning off Justin Grimm, a drive that took a strange bounce off the left-center wall.

''I was out of gas,'' Peralta said. ''I didn't slide a home. I just laid myself down.''

FINAL OUT

Chicago had a rally going in the ninth inning, only to have it end on a called final strike the Cubs thought was low. Maddon argued with plate umpire Mark Wegner after the game.

''He gets on and the next one is the tying run. I just wanted to see that happen,'' Maddon said. ''We got Rodney out after 20 something pitches, (Andrew) Chaffin was warming up for the second time. All good stuff for us and then it goes away on that call. We all make mistakes. To end the game like that is very difficult to watch.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray threw a simulated game without any problems as he makes his way back from a concussion. He was hit on the head by a line drive late last month and his next step could be a rehab start.

UP NEXT

RHP Jake Arrieta (11-8) starts Sunday's series finale for the Cubs and is 4-2 with a 2.18 ERA in seven starts since July 2. RHP Zack Godley (5-4) starts for the Diamondbacks. He is 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA over his last three starts.

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DiamondbacksARI65-51
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  • W: P. Corbin (9-11)L: J. Lester (8-7)S: D. Hernandez (2)
  • HR: ARI - D. Peralta (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Almora CF30000002.276.329.401.7300.0
a- J. Jay CF21100001.293.381.376.7572.0
K. Bryant 3B40320102.289.400.518.9187.0
A. Rizzo 1B50100005.260.383.501.8841.0
B. Zobrist RF50000014.221.311.356.666-0.5
I. Happ 2B30000122.245.318.482.8000.0
K. Schwarber LF40000041.193.306.431.738-2.0
J. Baez SS40200010.267.308.481.7901.5
A. Avila C40100011.269.390.483.8730.5
J. Lester P10000010.136.188.250.438-0.5
b- T. La Stella PH10000001.305.432.508.9410.0
H. Rondon P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Grimm P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- V. Caratini PH11100000.222.276.407.6832.0
  • a-grounded out for Almora in the 7th
  • b-popped out for Lester in the 7th
  • c-singled for Grimm in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Peralta LF52311010.305.362.474.8369.5
A. Rosales 3B31200010.239.277.345.6222.5
a- D. Descalso 3B20100011.241.344.394.7381.5
A. Pollock CF50110004.278.328.458.7862.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B21100211.318.432.5921.0243.5
J. Martinez RF31210100.290.380.6281.0086.0
K. Marte SS41100006.276.354.483.8362.0
B. Drury 2B40120016.273.325.438.7633.5
J. Mathis C40000022.213.271.328.599-1.0
P. Corbin P30000031.068.146.068.214-1.5
A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Herrmann PH10000010.165.256.335.592-0.5
F. Rodney P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hernandez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Rosales in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Bradley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (23)
  • SH - J. Lester (4)
  • RBI - K. Bryant 2 (51)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Bryant 2 (22)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Peralta (24), D. Descalso (13), J. Martinez (16), B. Drury (26)
  • HR - D. Peralta (12)
  • RBI - D. Peralta (40), A. Pollock (20), J. Martinez (57), B. Drury 2 (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Peralta (16)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Rizzo, K. Bryant
  • E - J. Baez (14)
FIELDING
  • E - B. Drury (8), A. Rosales (11)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (L, 8-7)6.07432903.991.238.5
H. Rondon1.03111104.061.24-1.5
J. Grimm1.02110115.271.290.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (L, 8-7)6.0
H. Rondon1.0
J. Grimm1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Corbin (W, 9-11)6.25001804.521.5326.0
A. Bradley1.10001101.360.922.5
F. Rodney0.24220004.931.28-6.0
D. Hernandez (S, 2)0.10000102.010.927.5
PITCHERSIP
P. Corbin (W, 9-11)6.2
A. Bradley1.1
F. Rodney0.2
D. Hernandez (S, 2)0.1
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Lester (2), H. Rondon (3)
  • IBB - J. Lester (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 103-65, H. Rondon 20-13, J. Grimm 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 5-4, J. Grimm 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 27, H. Rondon 7, J. Grimm 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Corbin 102-70, A. Bradley 19-12, F. Rodney 26-20, D. Hernandez 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Corbin 7-6, A. Bradley 3-1, F. Rodney 2-0
  • Batters Faced - P. Corbin 27, A. Bradley 6, F. Rodney 6, D. Hernandez
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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CubsCHC60-55
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DiamondbacksARI65-51
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Almora CF30000002.276.329.401.7300.0
a- J. Jay CF21100001.293.381.376.7572.0
K. Bryant 3B40320102.289.400.518.9187.0
A. Rizzo 1B50100005.260.383.501.8841.0
B. Zobrist RF50000014.221.311.356.666-0.5
I. Happ 2B30000122.245.318.482.8000.0
K. Schwarber LF40000041.193.306.431.738-2.0
J. Baez SS40200010.267.308.481.7901.5
A. Avila C40100011.269.390.483.8730.5
J. Lester P10000010.136.188.250.438-0.5
b- T. La Stella PH10000001.305.432.508.9410.0
H. Rondon P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Grimm P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- V. Caratini PH11100000.222.276.407.6832.0
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  • a-grounded out for Almora in the 7th
  • b-popped out for Lester in the 7th
  • c-singled for Grimm in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Peralta LF52311010.305.362.474.8369.5
A. Rosales 3B31200010.239.277.345.6222.5
a- D. Descalso 3B20100011.241.344.394.7381.5
A. Pollock CF50110004.278.328.458.7862.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B21100211.318.432.5921.0243.5
J. Martinez RF31210100.290.380.6281.0086.0
K. Marte SS41100006.276.354.483.8362.0
B. Drury 2B40120016.273.325.438.7633.5
J. Mathis C40000022.213.271.328.599-1.0
P. Corbin P30000031.068.146.068.214-1.5
A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Herrmann PH10000010.165.256.335.592-0.5
F. Rodney P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hernandez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total366125131121-----
  • a-struck out for Rosales in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Bradley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (23)
  • SH - J. Lester (4)
  • RBI - K. Bryant 2 (51)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Bryant 2 (22)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Peralta (24), D. Descalso (13), J. Martinez (16), B. Drury (26)
  • HR - D. Peralta (12)
  • RBI - D. Peralta (40), A. Pollock (20), J. Martinez (57), B. Drury 2 (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Peralta (16)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Rizzo, K. Bryant
  • E - J. Baez (14)
FIELDING
  • E - B. Drury (8), A. Rosales (11)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (L, 8-7)6.07432903.991.238.5
H. Rondon1.03111104.061.24-1.5
J. Grimm1.02110115.271.290.5
Total8.012653111---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (L, 8-7)6.0
H. Rondon1.0
J. Grimm1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Corbin (W, 9-11)6.25001804.521.5326.0
A. Bradley1.10001101.360.922.5
F. Rodney0.24220004.931.28-6.0
D. Hernandez (S, 2)0.10000102.010.927.5
Total9.09222100---
PITCHERSIP
P. Corbin (W, 9-11)6.2
A. Bradley1.1
F. Rodney0.2
D. Hernandez (S, 2)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Lester (2), H. Rondon (3)
  • IBB - J. Lester (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 103-65, H. Rondon 20-13, J. Grimm 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 5-4, J. Grimm 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 27, H. Rondon 7, J. Grimm 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Corbin 102-70, A. Bradley 19-12, F. Rodney 26-20, D. Hernandez 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Corbin 7-6, A. Bradley 3-1, F. Rodney 2-0
  • Batters Faced - P. Corbin 27, A. Bradley 6, F. Rodney 6, D. Hernandez
  • 9TH INNING
    Bryant singled to center, Caratini and Jay scored26
  • 8TH INNING
    Peralta homered to center06
  • 7TH INNING
    Pollock singled to center, Peralta scored05
  • 6TH INNING
    Drury doubled to deep center, Martinez and Marte scored04
    Marte reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Goldschmidt scored, Martinez to third, Marte to second on 2nd baseman Baez fielding error02
    Martinez doubled to deep right, Rosales scored, Goldschmidt to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Fernando Rodney pitching
    • J. Baez: Ball, Foul, Baez grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Avila grounded out to second
    • Victor Caratini hit for Justin Grimm
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Caratini singled to left
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Jay singled to center, Caratini to third
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bryant singled to center, Caratini and Jay scored
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Bryant to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Rizzo singled to left, Bryant to third
    • David Hernandez relieved Fernando Rodney
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Zobrist struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Daniel Descalso at third
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to second
    • B. Zobrist: Zobrist grounded out to second
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Happ walked
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Justin Grimm relieved Hector Rondon
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Mathis grounded out to shortstop
    • Chris Herrmann hit for Archie Bradley
    • C. Herrmann: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrmann struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Peralta homered to center
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Descalso doubled to left
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Strike looking, Pollock lined out to right
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Baez singled to center
    • A. Avila: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Avila flied out to left
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Jon Lester
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, La Stella popped out to second
    • Archie Bradley relieved Patrick Corbin
    • Jon Jay hit for Albert Almora
    • J. Jay: Jay safe at first on shortstop Rosales fielding error, Baez to second
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Bryant flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hector Rondon pitching
    • Jon Jay in center
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Peralta doubled to right
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Adam Rosales
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Peralta to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Foul, Pollock singled to center, Peralta scored
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt singled to right center, Pollock to third
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Goldschmidt to second
    • K. Marte: Marte fouled out to third
    • B. Drury: Strike looking, Drury flied out to deep center
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to first
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • A. Rosales: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rosales reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pollock grounded out to shortstop, Rosales to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt intentionally walked
    • J. Martinez: Martinez doubled to deep right, Rosales scored, Goldschmidt to third
    • K. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Marte reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Goldschmidt scored, Martinez to third, Marte to second on 2nd baseman Baez fielding error
    • B. Drury: Drury doubled to deep center, Martinez and Marte scored
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
    • P. Corbin: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Drury to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike looking, Corbin struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Baez singled to right
    • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Avila singled to right center, Baez to second
    • J. Lester: Ball, Ball, Foul, Lester hit sacrifice bunt to first, Baez to third, Avila to second
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Almora reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Baez out at home, Avila to third
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked, Almora to second
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Rizzo flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Mathis flied out to center
    • P. Corbin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Corbin struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to pitcher
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Schwarber struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pollock popped out to shortstop
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez singled to left center, Goldschmidt to second
    • K. Marte: Ball, Marte reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Goldschmidt to third, Martinez out at second
    • B. Drury: Drury fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • J. Lester: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lester struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora lined out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bryant doubled to left center
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • P. Corbin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Corbin struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Peralta grounded out to second
    • A. Rosales: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rosales struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • A. Avila: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to deep right
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte singled to center
    • B. Drury: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Drury struck out looking
    • J. Mathis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Almora flied out to center
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant singled to left
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo reached on fielder's choice to second, Bryant to second on 2nd baseman Drury fielding error
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Zobrist reached on fielder's choice to first, Bryant to third, Rizzo out at second
    • I. Happ: Ball, Strike swinging, Happ grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Peralta singled to center
    • A. Rosales: Ball, Ball, Rosales singled to right center, Peralta to second
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pollock grounded into double play third to first, Peralta out at third, Rosales to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)