Looking to build on their latest extra-inning victory, the Diamondbacks hope to do a better job behind Corbin in Sunday's series finale against the visiting Colorado Rockies .
Cody Ross delivered a sacrifice fly in the 10th to help Arizona (14-10) improve to 6-0 in extra-inning games with a 3-2 win over Colorado on Saturday. The Diamondbacks have won four of five, with the last three victories by 3-2 margins.
Arizona needed extras to win the last two starts by Corbin (2-0, 1.71 ERA), who has given up five runs and struck out 20 in 26 1-3 innings in 2013.
The left-hander allowed a run in seven innings and left with a one-run lead that the bullpen blew in the ninth of a 6-2, 12-inning win at Yankee Stadium on April 18. On Tuesday at San Francisco, he yielded two runs in 7 1-3, but his teammates could not hold a two-run cushion before the Diamondbacks won 6-4 in 11.
"It's a shame Patrick didn't get that win," manager Kirk Gibson told the Diamondbacks' official website. "We've got to clean that up."
Ross had two RBIs and A.J. Pollock added three hits, including his third homer, Saturday as Arizona won despite giving up an early 2-0 lead. Pollock went 0 for 8 in the first two games of the set, but is batting .348 (8 for 23) against the Rockies this season.
Corbin was 0-1 with an 11.00 ERA in two starts at Coors Field last year, but gave up a run in seven innings of 5-3 home win over the Rockies on Oct. 2.
Wilin Rosario homered for one of his three hits and Troy Tulowitzki added two with an RBI for Colorado (15-9), which has dropped five of seven since winning eight straight. The Rockies went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and failed to take full advantage of seven walks from Arizona's Wade Miley ."You miss that many opportunities, it's going to come back to haunt you," manager Walt Weiss said.
Tulowitzki is batting .400 (12 for 30) with 12 RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak against the Diamondbacks.
Colorado's Jon Garland (2-1, 4.68) takes the mound looking to bounce back after he allowed six runs, three homers and walked four in six innings of a 10-2 loss to Atlanta in the finale of a doubleheader Tuesday.
"I've maintained this whole time, if you don't make pitches, you're going to get hit," the right-hander told the Rockies' official website. "A lot of those pitches were up, didn't move. I was walking guys, putting guys on in front of hits. It was just a bad night overall."
Garland, who spent part of 2009 with Arizona, is 3-3 with a 4.60 ERA in eight starts against the Diamondbacks. He has not faced them since 2010.
The veteran won't have to face Arizona shortstop Didi Gregorius , who will miss a second straight game after he was hit on the helmet by a pitch in Friday's 6-3 loss. The rookie, who began the season on the disabled list with an elbow injury, is batting .407 (11 for 27) in seven games.
|April 20, 2013||Todd Helton||15-Day DL||Left forearm inflammation|
|April 20, 2013||Jhoulys Chacin||15-Day DL||Left lower back strain|
|February 14, 2013||Edwar Cabrera||60-Day DL||Left shoulder impingement|
|April 26, 2013||Didi Gregorius||Day-to-Day||Left game - right temple contusion|
|April 15, 2013||Aaron Hill||15-Day DL||Broken left hand|
|April 14, 2013||Aaron Hill||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hand|
|April 13, 2013||Jason Kubel||15-Day DL||Strained left quad|
|March 31, 2013||Didi Gregorius||15-Day DL||Right elbow strain|
|March 31, 2013||Didi Gregorius||15-Day DL||Right elbow strain|
PHOENIX (AP) -- Patrick Corbin 's success has come from a simple formula - be aggressive and throw strike one.
The Diamondbacks' left-hander allowed two runs over 6 2-3 innings and Arizona beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Sunday. It was the Diamondbacks' fifth win in six games.
"I thought today I was as sharp as I've been," said the 23-year-old. "I got a couple of fastballs up and that hurt me a little bit but I was able to keep us in it."
Corbin (3-0) scattered nine hits - four coming in his final 1 2-3 innings - and struck out five. Corbin didn't walk a batter for the second straight outing and hasn't allowed a base on balls in his last 15 innings.
"When you're getting ahead with that first pitch, the second pitch you can throw whatever you want," Corbin said. "It makes it 100 times easier."
Corbin became the second Diamondbacks pitcher to throw at least six innings and allow two runs or fewer in his first five starts of the season.
"He just keeps the ball in play," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson . "He just competes. He works on things and understands the tools that he's acquired."
Gerardo Parra tripled and scored twice, and Josh Wilson had a run-scoring double for the Diamondbacks, who at 15-10 are off to their second-best start since 2006.
Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was lifted in the bottom of the third inning because of a strained left shoulder.
J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his fifth save for the Diamondbacks.
Colorado has two wins in its last eight games after opening the season 13-4, falling into a first-place tie with Arizona in the NL West.
"As long as you continue to go out on a day in and day out basis and play good hard baseball and continue to do the right things, it will definitely workout" said Rockies starter Jon Garland . "We have already seen what we are able to do when we get some guys hot offensively and we are throwing the ball good."
Tulowitzki reached on a fielder's choice in the first inning and was attempting to score two batters later on a single by Michael Cuddyer when he slid awkwardly into home plate. Tulowitzki was easily tagged out by Miguel Montero from a throw by left fielder Jason Kubel .
"I didn't know he got hurt on the play," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss . "It sounds like he jammed his shoulder sliding into the plate."
Top Colorado prospect Nolan Arenado was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs and went 0 for 3 with a walk while starting at third base.
The 22-year-old Arenado hit .364 with 11 doubles, three homers and 21 RBIs in 18 games for the Sky Sox. He was taken in the second round of the 2009 draft.
To make room, the Rockies designated INF Chris Nelson for assignment.
Arizona broke through against Colorado starter Jon Garland (2-2) in the third, scoring twice.
Cliff Pennington singled to right, went to second on a sacrifice and moved to third on a single to left by Gerardo Parra . After Cody Ross grounded out to advance Parra to second, Pennington scored on a passed ball charged to Wilin Rosario .
Three pitches later, Garland threw a wild pitch to score Parra for a 2-0 lead.
"You try and be aggressive without running into outs on the bases," Gibson said. "We're aware of what guys throw in certain counts and when to be aware to dirt-ball reads. `G' made a good read on that because they were playing way off at third place which allowed him to come further down the way."
Paul Goldschmidt extended the lead 3-0 in the fourth when he singled and scored on Josh Wilson 's double off the left-center field wall and Parra tripled to lead off the fifth and scored on a Ross single to make it 4-0.
The Rockies cut the lead in half in the sixth. Eric Young Jr. doubled for the third time in three at-bats and scored on a single to left by Dexter Fowler . Fowler later scored on a one-out wild pitch to pull Colorado to 4-2.
Colorado chased Corbin after putting runners on first and second with two outs in the seventh. But Matt Reynolds retired Young on a short popup in front of the dirt cut around home plate on the third base side to end the threat.
Garland allowed four runs - three earned - on eight hits with two walks, one intentional. The right-hander, who entered the game 3-3 with a 4.60 ERA against his former team, struck out two.
"He could have went out there for another inning if we don't get to his (lineup) spot," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss . "It's another one of our starters that gave us a chance to win the game."
NOTES: Colorado is 1-9 in its last 10 series at Chase Field. . Putz threw six straight balls and bounced a throw to first base. ... Parra extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games. ... Arizona INF Martin Prado , mired in the midst of a 1-for-22 slump, was given the day off. ... Garland has pitched past the sixth inning only once in five starts. . Before the game, the Diamondbacks activated OF Jason Kubel off the 15-day disabled list and placed SS Didi Gregorius on the 7-day concussion DL. Gregorius was hit in the head with a pitch by Josh Outman on Friday. ... Kubel, who started in left field, was 10 for 30 with two doubles, two homers and six RBIs before he was placed on the disabled list with a strained left quad on April 13.