Corbin tries to halt D-backs' skid, earn 10th win

BY foxsports • July 2, 2013

Despite pitching well, the Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin has thus far been denied in his bids for team history. The left-hander will try for a sixth time to improve to a franchise-best 10-0 on Tuesday night against the Mets.

Corbin (9-0, 2.22 ERA) hasn't earned a win since June 2 despite posting a 2.55 ERA in his last five outings. He has also allowed two runs or fewer in each of his past three starts, with Arizona (42-40) winning his past two.

The Diamondbacks, though, haven't provided Corbin with enough support to help him top Brandon Webb's team-record 9-0 start from 2008. Corbin has been given a combined nine runs in his last five games after being provided with 48 in his first 11 starts.

"Obviously I'd like to get a win, but if the team wins, that's what I want. I just want to kind of keep us in the ballgame," Corbin told the team's website after giving up two runs in seven innings in Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Nationals.

Corbin will try to help the Diamondbacks avoid a season-high fifth straight defeat. Arizona, losers in nine of 10 on the road, blew an early 3-0 lead in Monday's series opener and a one-run advantage in the 13th inning and lost 5-4.

After Cody Ross homered in the 13th for the D-backs, the Mets (34-45) got a two-run single from Andrew Brown for their 10th win in 16 games. Josh Satin, batting .444 (12 for 27) in his last seven games, hit the tying RBI single in the ninth off Arizona closer J.J. Putz, who was attempting to earn his first save since returning from the disabled list.

"(Josh is) getting big hits for us," manager Terry Collins said. "Every team has somebody that surprises you and saves you. And right now, he's our savior 'cause this guy has come up and filled a big hole for us."

The Mets' Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 3.72) will look to continue his strong performance from June. The right-hander posted a 1.80 ERA in five starts this past month but went just 1-1. He was given a combined nine runs of support in June and was provided only one Thursday in Colorado. Hefner gave up two runs over six innings but did not get a decision in New York's 3-2 win.

Hefner will be making his first start against the Diamondbacks, while Corbin will be facing the Mets for the first time since they handed him his first loss in the majors on May 5, 2012, at Citi Field. In his second career game, Corbin gave four runs over 3 1/3 innings in a 4-3 defeat.

Daniel Murphy was 2 for 2 against Corbin in that game. Eric Young has three doubles in six at-bats against Corbin, and Brown went 2 for 5 with a solo homer against him while playing for the Rockies last season.

Martin Prado is the only Diamondbacks player to have faced Hefner, going 0 for 2 with one strikeout. Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer Monday but is still just 2 for 15 during the losing streak.

It's unknown if Gerardo Parra, who has played in 81 of the D-backs' 82 games, will be in the lineup after being hurt in the eighth inning Monday when he tried to make a diving catch.