Stanton, Marlins deal D-backs fourth straight loss
JUN 17, 2013 10:37p ET
The Diamondbacks' offense wasn't up to the challenge, though, and one pitch to Giancarlo Stanton spoiled Corbin's night.
Stanton homered twice, the second one off Heath Bell in the ninth inning, and the recently punchless D-backs lost their fourth straight, a 3-2 decision to the Marlins on Monday night.
Corbin, trying to become the first left-handed starter in 35 years to go 10-0, held Miami hitless through five. He allowed two hits through eight innings but gave up a soaring, two-run homer to left by Stanton that tied the game at 2 in the sixth.
"He's really good. He's got some stuff," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "He was tough. He was aggressive, threw strikes. He made the mistake to Stanton, and that was it. Other than that he was lights out. That was impressive."
Stanton's line-drive home run to right off former teammate Bell (2-1) in the ninth put the Marlins ahead for the first time. It was the 100th homer of his career, and sixth in 43 at-bats at Chase Field.
Bell pitched last season for Miami, and Stanton was asked if his familiarity with the reliever's pattern helped him in the at-bat.
"Yeah," Stanton said, "for the most part."
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said it's time to reassess how to pitch to Stanton.
"The guy is swinging the bat good. We have to find a better way to get around him," Gibson said. "You can see how strong he is. He just barreled it."
Mike Dunn (2-1) threw a scoreless eighth inning for the Marlins to get the win.
Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 12 tries. Willie Bloomquist flied out to deep center to end the game.
Paul Goldschmidt drove in both Arizona runs with a solo homer and an RBI single.
Corbin, with no decisions in his last three starts, was trying to become the first left-handed starter to begin the season 10-0 since Ron Guidry went 13-0 for the Yankees in 1978, according to STATS. Corbin struck out seven and walked one, but the Diamondbacks lost for the first time in his 14 starts this season.
Gibson said Corbin deserved better.
"Patrick was great," Gibson said. "He pitched his heart out -- two runs. We scored eight runs in four games. ... We should have had several runs tonight. We are in a bad spot at the plate right now. Guys are trying to do too much."
Corbin got behind in the count to Stanton before the big home run, which followed Juan Pierre's one-out single, Miami's first hit of the night.
"The pitch to Pierre was kind of up, and he kind of put a swing on it and it fell in," Corbin said. "The pitch to Stanton, too, was in, but I felt good all night and was able to throw whatever pitch I wanted."
The D-backs were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
"More of the same," Gibson said.
Goldschmidt, hitless in his previous 12 at-bats and just 3 for 33 over the past week, lined Jacob Turner's 1-0 pitch over the right-field fence to put Arizona up 1-0 in the third, his 16th home run. The Diamondbacks made it 2-0 in the fifth when Gerardo Parra singled, stole second and scored on Goldschmidt's sharp single to center.
Goldschmidt leads the NL with 61 RBIs.
Corbin, meanwhile, was cruising through five. Only two Miami batters reached during that span -- Stanton on third baseman Martin Prado's two-out error in the first and Marcell Ozuna on a two-out walk in the fourth.
In the sixth, pinch hitter Justin Ruggiano grounded out to open the inning, but Pierre's opposite-field single to left ended the no-hit bid. Ed Lucas then popped out, but Stanton followed with a high drive on Corbin's 2-0 pitch into the second deck above the bullpen in left, and just like that, it was tied at 2.
Turner allowed two runs and six hits in five innings.
The Diamondbacks, swept in three games in San Diego last weekend, were playing the opener of a six-game homestand.
NOTES: Diamondbacks RHP Ian Kennedy dropped his appeal and began serving a 10-game suspension for his role in last week's brawl with the Dodgers. ... RHP Randall Delgado, who came over from the Braves in the Justin Upton trade, will be recalled from Triple-A Reno to start Tuesday night in the spot normally taken by RHP Brandon McCarthy. Miami RHP Nathan Eovaldi, out all season with right shoulder inflammation, will make his first start of the year. ... McCarthy, out with a shoulder injury, threw off a mound and could get a rehab start next. McCarthy said a seizure related to the head injury he sustained from a line drive last September will not affect his comeback.