Arizona has won each of Corbin's eight starts this season, and it will look to end the host Colorado Rockies ' three-game winning streak Monday night.
Corbin (6-0, 1.52 ERA) has tossed at least six innings and allowed two or fewer runs in each of his outings. His ERA ranks third in the majors after he overcame a career-worst five walks and allowed only three hits in seven innings of Tuesday's 2-0 win over Atlanta.
He has won four consecutive starts, and the Diamondbacks (25-19) have won 10 of his last 11 outings dating back to last season.
"Our job is to go out there and we don't want to lose," said Corbin, who joined Randy Johnson as the only left-handers in franchise history to start a season winning at least six straight decisions."I feel good and I just want to keep it going. Anytime I can go out there and pitch like this is awesome."
Corbin's winning streak began April 28 when he gave up two runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-2 win over Colorado. He went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts against the Rockies during his rookie year last season.
Jon Garland gave up four runs in six innings while opposing Corbin last month, and he'll be on the mound again Monday looking to provide more quality innings for the Rockies (24-20).
Garland (3-4, 4.89) has allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings in each of his last three outings, losing the last two. He hadn't pitched fewer that six innings in any of his previous five starts.
"I don't want to come out of these games. It's not my choice," Garland said after a 6-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. "I'd like to keep going and see if I can continue to give the team a chance.
"It almost seems like I'm hurting the team rather than helping the team when I'm going five."
The right-hander, who went 8-11 with a 4.29 ERA in 27 starts for Arizona in 2009, is 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in his last four starts versus his former team and will look to help Colorado continue its win streak after it took the final three of a four-game set with San Francisco.
Troy Tulowitzki , who is hitting .429 during a six-game hitting streak, and Carlos Gonzalez each drove in two runs in Sunday's 5-0 victory. Dexter Fowler went 9 for 15 over the last three games after going just 4 for 39 (.103) over his previous 10.
The first-place Diamondbacks had won four straight prior to Sunday's 2-1 loss to Miami, scoring just a single run for the second straight contest. Didi Gregorius went 3 for 4 and is hitting .354 in 21 games this season."Early in the game we had a few chances, but we couldn't get the big hit when we needed it," Gregorius said.
Five of the seven meetings this season between Arizona and Colorado have been decided by one run, but the Diamondbacks have won four of the last five.
|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|
|May 15, 2013||Jeff Francis||15-Day DL||Left groin strain|
|May 09, 2013||Michael Cuddyer||15-Day DL||Bulging disk in neck|
|May 07, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Sore groin|
|May 03, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Leg soreness|
|April 29, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Strained left shoulder|
|April 20, 2013||Jhoulys Chacin||15-Day DL||Left lower back strain|
DENVER (AP) -- Patrick Corbin was a maestro on the mound, making his slider move all over the place.
And after the Arizona Diamondbacks lefty finished off his virtuoso performance, he calmly sauntered over to congratulate his catcher, casually shook his hand and coolly walked off the field.
There were no big displays of emotion to celebrate Corbin's first complete game. This is simply what he expects and, lately, what Arizona expects out of him.
Corbin tossed a three-hitter and struck out a career-high 10 to lift the Diamondbacks to a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
"That's what you're trying to do every time you go out there," Corbin modestly said.
Starts like this have pretty much been the standard for Corbin. He entered the game with a 1.52 ERA and actually lowered it to 1.44 with this gem.
Corbin (7-0) also joined Randy Johnson as the only lefties in team history to begin the season 7-0. He also turned in his club-record ninth straight start where he's pitched at least six innings and allowed two runs or fewer.
"He dominated today," catcher Miguel Montero said.
To think, warming up, Corbin thought he might be in for a long night, too. He was struggling in the pregame session with Montero, and couldn't seem to locate his pitches.
In the first inning, Corbin walked leadoff batter Eric Young Jr. But then Dexter Fowler lined into a double play and from there Corbin was in complete command.
"In the first inning, if they would've hopped on me there ...," Corbin said, shaking his head.
But they didn't. And they wouldn't.
Mixing an effective slider with a sneaky fastball, Corbin kept the Rockies hitters guessing all night.
He held Colorado hitless until Troy Tulowitzki 's single up the middle in the fourth and didn't allow another hit until Nolan Arenado 's double in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Jordan Pacheco broke up Corbin's shutout bid with a double that brought home Arenado.
"He just pitched an unbelievable game. I don't know what else to say," Arenado said. "Obviously, we needed to play better, but he pitched a really good game."
About the only drama left in the ninth was whether Corbin would finish it. The bullpen doors briefly opened in the outfield, but that was just a ruse as Corbin trotted out of the dugout. He warmed up his arm by waving it in circles and then retired the side.
Just like on the mound, Corbin was composed after finishing off the win, shaking hands with Montero.
"I didn't want to show too much emotion, I guess," Corbin explained. "It's great. Miggy did a great job again behind the plate."
While Corbin shined, Jon Garland (3-5) struggled. He went six innings, allowing five runs and a season-high 11 hits.
"Put your team down like that, it's terrible," Garland said. "I've done it my last four or five starts. I'm trying to figure it out."
Didi Gregorius had a big night, driving in runs with a double in the fourth and a single in the sixth. A.J. Pollock produced at the bottom of the lineup as he finished with three singles and scored two runs to help the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.
Paul Goldschmidt and Eric Chavez had RBI singles in the third, staking Arizona to a 3-0 lead. That was more than enough for Corbin, who's only allowed a total of two runs over his past three starts.
Corbin is a completely different pitcher this season, one who's trusting his slider more and throwing a lot more strikes. Of his 97 pitches on Monday, 74 were for strikes.
His previous high for strikeouts was eight last August against Cincinnati. He surpassed that total when he struck out Carlos Gonzalez in the seventh.
"He had it all working," manager Kirk Gibson said.
Corbin also remains one of five undefeated starting pitchers in the league with a minimum of eight starts, along with Matt Moore (8-0), Clay Buchholz (6-0), Matt Harvey (5-0) and Max Scherzer (5-0).
Chavez tripled in the second and scored when the Rockies couldn't turn an inning-ending double play on Montero's grounder.
The 35-year-old Chavez is off to a torrid start, in part because Gibson refuses to overuse the infielder given his history of back issues. Rarely will Gibson use Chavez more than two games in a row.
"You'll find if I do it (play him more) he will wear down a little bit and probably have medical problems," Gibson said. "We can't afford that."
NOTES: Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer expects to be in the lineup Friday in San Francisco when he's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. He's feeling better after receiving an epidural last week to relieve pain and stiffness in his neck. Cuddyer is on the DL with an inflamed cervical disk. He's headed to Arizona for two games of extended spring training, just to squeeze in some plate appearances. "Doing good, doing good," Cuddyer said in the clubhouse Monday. ... Johnson started 7-0 in 2000. ... The Diamondbacks will throw RHP Ian Kennedy (2-3) on Tuesday night, while the Rockies counter with RHP Jhoulys Chacin .