Diamondbacks 8, Padres 1
SAN DIEGO (AP)
Patrick Corbin appears to be the perfect remedy for what ails the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The left-handed throwing Corbin pitched seven solid innings and the D-Backs snapped their season-high four-game losing streak with an 8-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
Corbin (4-0) gave up one run and five hits while striking out seven. He walked three while his ERA dropped to 1.80. Corbin has opened the season by pitching at least six innings and allowing two or fewer runs in his six starts - all Arizona victories.
''I felt good, it helps when you come out and put up six early on and it lets you go out and pitch your game and go after these guys,'' Corbin said. ''It helps out a lot and I'm just glad I got through seven.
''When you have the lead you have it in the back of your head that you can go after these guys more,'' Corbin said. ''I wanted to keep my pitch count low (97 pitches) and make sure I got deeper in the game and help the bullpen out. I felt really good with my changeup tonight.''
Corbin lost his shutout bid with two out in the seventh when Chris Denorfia hit his second homer into the second deck in left field. Denorfia also had a double. The D-Backs touched up Padres starter Clayton Richard (0-4) for six runs on five hits in the second.
''It was ugly,'' Padres manager Bud Black said of the second inning. ''They took advantage of balls that were either up or over the plate. And they strung together many hits.''
Richard had been 6-0 against the Diamondbacks. He left in the fourth after giving up seven runs.
''It was a nice change of pace for us and getting everyone relaxed,'' Pollock said. ''We enjoyed it especially the way Corbin was throwing. Winning close games is good, but sometimes you need to relax and breathe. And that was what tonight was about.''
Richard didn't help himself in the second committing a throwing error on Corbin's sacrifice bunt. A.J. Pollock followed with a two-run double. He also had a solo homer.
''I don't think we've had an inning like that this season,'' D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson said. ''We got the line going and A.J. (Pollock) had a pretty good game for us.
''Corbin could be easily 6-0 for us,'' Gibson said. ''Tonight he made good pitches, especially the secondary stuff mixed in.''
Heath Bell, the former Padres closer came on in relief of Tony Sipp in the eighth with the bases loaded to get Jedd Gyorko to ground into an inning-ending double play. Bell pitched a scoreless ninth.
Paul Goldschmidt drove in a pair of runs for the D-Backs with two sacrifice flies and also had a single and a walk.
The win was the D-Backs fourth against the Padres in 14 games. The loss was the Padres' third in their last 10 games.
NOTES: D-Backs INF Didi Gregorius, who was reinstated from the seven-day DL Saturday after sustaining a mild concussion when he was hit in the head April 26, got hit in the left leg during his rehab at extended spring training in Phoenix. ''I stayed in there because I really wanted my at-bats,'' Gregorius said. He has hit safely in his first seven games with the D-Backs. ... D-Backs OF Alfredo Marte was optioned to Reno, where he was scheduled to play Saturday night. ... D-Backs catcher Miguel Montero, who had a home run Friday night, was given the night off Friday and replaced by Wil Nieves, but according to D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson Montero will start on Sunday. ... Padres LF Carlos Quentin was back in the starting lineup after a balky right knee sidelined him Friday. Padres Chase Headley, who had a single, extended his hitting streak to nine game. ... The official scorer changed a ruling from Friday night's game giving an error to D-Backs centerfielder Gerado Parra in the seventh inning.