Corbin (5-0, 1.75 ERA) has been one of the best pitchers in baseball, an unexpected status after he went 6-8 with a 4.54 ERA and a save in 22 games - 17 starts - last year.
His inclusion in Arizona's rotation wasn't guaranteed, either. Corbin won a spot coming out of spring training, and has since become the first pitcher to throw at least six innings and allow two or fewer runs in his first seven starts of the season since Ubaldo Jimenez had 12 straight such outings for Colorado in 2010.
The Diamondbacks (21-18) are also unbeaten with Corbin on the mound.
"We're not surprised. That's why he's on the team," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We've got complete confidence in him. He's thrown the ball this way all year. He's got a great head on his shoulders. He's a total pitcher, total ballplayer."
Corbin yielded one run and four hits in 6 1-3 innings of Thursday's 2-1 victory over Philadelphia.
"Last year I learned I could pitch in this league and I'm taking it to this league," Corbin said. "Every time I go out there I want to keep the team in the ball game, eat up some innings and give them a chance to win.
"One thing that I've learned is if you can locate your heater, everything else is better."
Corbin's only meeting with Atlanta came June 28, when he tossed three scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts in a 3-2 road win.
This time, he's facing a team that pounded out 13 hits with four doubles and three homers to coast to a 10-1 win in the opener of this three-game series. The Braves matched their highest scoring output of the season after they were outscored 23-4 during three straight losses at San Francisco.
Upton is looking to build on his own impressive display at the plate. He went 4 for 5 with a double, a homer and two RBIs Monday in his first game in Phoenix since the Diamondbacks sent him to Atlanta in a seven-player trade in January.
"It was mixed and that was what I expected," Upton said. "It is what it is. I tried to have fun with it. This time the fans were yelling at me instead of cheering me, but it was good.
"We've been scuffling to score some runs on this road trip so to go and score some runs feels nice."
Upton has a .458 average with five homers and 11 RBIs in his last 12 games at Chase Field.
Atlanta will give the ball to Julio Teheran (2-0, 4.84) looking to improve to 7-0 with him on the mound.
An adjustment to the grip on his changeup produced another strong start from the 22-year-old rookie right-hander, who allowed three runs in seven innings of Thursday's 6-3 win over the Giants.
"It's such a key pitch for a starting pitcher," bench coach Carlos Tosca told the team's official website. "It allows you to get to your other pitches. It allows you to keep them off-balance."
Teheran gave up two runs and six hits in four innings while not getting a decision in a 5-4 loss at Arizona on May 18, 2011, his only meeting with the Diamondbacks.
He'll have to contend with Paul Goldschmidt , who is 10 for 26 with five homers and 10 RBIs in the past eight games.
|May 13, 2013||B.J. Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left shoulder contusion|
|May 05, 2013||Juan Francisco||Day-to-Day||Sprained right ankle|
|April 25, 2013||Luis Ayala||15-Day DL||Anxiety disorder|
|April 23, 2013||Jason Heyward||Day-to-Day||Appendectomy|
|April 21, 2013||Jason Heyward||15-Day DL||Appendectomy|
|April 20, 2013||Dan Uggla||Day-to-Day||Left game - left calf strain|
|May 08, 2013||J.J. Putz||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|April 27, 2013||Didi Gregorius||7-Day DL||Mild concussion|
|April 27, 2013||Didi Gregorius||7-Day DL||Mild concussion|
|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|
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks scored their only runs with the help of an infield double.
The way Patrick Corbin pitched Tuesday night, that was all they needed.
Corbin allowed three hits in seven innings and joined Randy Johnson as the only left-handers in team history to win their first six starts, lifting the Diamondbacks to a 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves .
"That guy is tough," Braves catcher Gerald Laird said. "It seems like he is effectively wild."
Corbin (6-0) was certainly wild at times, walking five and going into deep counts on seemingly every batter. He managed to miss in the right spots, though, and induced three double plays while striking out five in his career-best sixth straight win.
The young left-hander also helped keep Braves slugger Justin Upton in check after his impressive performance the night before and became the first Diamondbacks pitcher to start 6-0 since Brandon Webb won nine straight decisions in 2008.
Johnson won his first six starts in 2001 and went 7-0 in 2000, putting Corbin in the same company as a five-time Cy Young Award winner.
"I feel good and I just want to keep it going," Corbin said. "Anytime I can go out there and pitch like this is awesome."
David Hernandez struck out the side in the eighth and Heath Bell worked around an error in the ninth for his fifth save to help Arizona end a three-game losing streak.
Julio Teheran (2-1) matched Corbin most of the way, but crossed signals with first baseman Freddie Freeman on Gerardo Parra 's infield double in the third inning. Didi Gregorius , who made some stellar plays at shortstop behind Corbin, followed with a two-run single.
That turned about to be enough against the Braves, who had four hits - two by Reed Johnson - and went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position to lose for the fourth time in five games.
Atlanta was shut out by Arizona for the first time since May 16, 2009, and the first time at Chase Field since May 20, 2006.
"I thought our hitters, it was a great plan of attack against them, and hit some balls hard," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That is all you can do, really. We had people on base almost every inning. (Corbin) wiggled out of there in the seventh inning with some people on base. That's the nature of the game sometimes."
Corbin has been Arizona's best pitcher early this season, setting a club record by allowing two runs or fewer and lasting at least six innings in his first eight starts.
He struggled with his control a bit against the Braves, walking four - Upton twice - in the first four innings. He worked around the extra baserunners, though, erasing two of them with double plays
A walk in the sixth also went nowhere when first baseman Paul Goldschmidt snared Freeman's liner and stepped on the bag for another double play. Corbin also got some help from Gregorius, who made a tough play in the hole to throw out Laird by a step in the fifth.
Corbin also helped contain Upton, who made a statement in the series opener.
Back at Chase Field for the first time since being traded to the Braves this past offseason, he hit a towering, two-run homer and had four hits against the team that selected him No. 1 overall in the 2005 amateur draft.
The two-time All-Star in six seasons with the Diamondbacks wasn't as good in his encore, striking out with a runner on in the eighth and finishing 0 for 2.
"What he did with Justin tonight was keep it out of spots where he could hurt him," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said about Corbin.
Teheran's otherwise-impressive start against the Diamondbacks was derailed, by all things, by an infield double.
The play happened when Parra hit a chopper to the right side in the third inning. Teheran chased after the ball and so did Freeman before both pulled back at the last second. The ball rolled past second baseman Dan Uggla , who was racing to cover first, and Parra ended up at second.
Gregorius followed with a two-run single to center.
Teheran allowed two more hits after that and was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh. He allowed two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and was hurt most by a double that barely left the infield.
"It was my good stuff today," said Teheran, who took his first loss since his major league debut on May 5, 2011, at Philadelphia. "I made good pitches, was getting ahead in counts. It was just one bad play. A difficult play."
Turned out to be just enough for the Diamondbacks and Corbin.
NOTES: Atlanta CF B.J. Upton didn't play after being hit on the shoulder by a pitch the night before. ... Arizona has scored three runs or fewer in seven straight games. ... Atlanta's Andrelton Simmons snapped an 0-for-21 skid with a bloop single in the eighth. .. Atlanta RHP Tim Hudson will try to bounce back from a shaky outing in the series finale. He allowed six runs on seven hits in the fourth inning against the Giants, but is 4-0 with a 0.94 ERA in five career starts in Arizona. ... RHP Ian Kennedy will start for Arizona after a solid previous start. He allowed two runs in the first inning against the Phillies, but settled down and didn't allow a run over the next six innings. Kennedy has not won since opening day.