PHOENIX (AP) – Patrick Corbin gave up three hits in eight innings to finally get his 10th victory and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Colorado 6-1 Sunday for their fifth straight win and a dominant three-game sweep of the Rockies.
Corbin (10-1) struck out 10 in his seventh attempt at win No. 10. The 23-year-old left-hander, picked a day earlier for the All-Star team, also hit an RBI double as the Diamondbacks outscored the Rockies 22-2 in the series.
The Rockies lost more than the game. Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez left after swinging at a pitch in the ninth inning. Afterward, he said it was a sprain and nothing serious. He said it first bothered him when he struck out in the sixth inning.
Starter Roy Oswalt (0-4) exited with what initially was called a strained left hamstring in the second. It could be worse than that, however, because he said he “heard something pop.”
Jonathan Herrera broke up the shutout with a home run in the eighth.
Aaron Hill doubled twice and drove in two runs for Arizona. Paul Goldschmidt had an RBI double.
Each of Arizona’s starters in the series – lefties Tyler Skaggs, Wade Miley and Corbin – went eight innings. Josh Collmenter pitched a scoreless ninth for the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Corbin gave up a single and walk in the first, then retired 12 in a row and 20 out of 21 before Herrera’s home run. He joins Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling and Brandon Webb as the only Arizona pitchers with 10 wins before the All-Star break.
The Rockies, playing the first three of 10 straight road games against NL West foes before the break, came to Arizona 2½ games behind the first-place Diamondbacks and left 5½ out. Colorado has lost six of seven.
Gonzalez, who sat out the series opener with a sore back, took a swing at the first pitch he saw in the ninth and hurt a finger. The trainer came out to look at it and after a tentative practice swing, Gonzalez left the game.
Eric Chavez led off the Arizona second with a double and took third on a groundout. Miguel Montero struck out, then with Jason Kubel at the plate, Oswalt spiked a pitch that bounced past catcher Wilin Rosario. Oswalt ran to the plate to cover as Chavez scored but came down awkwardly and immediately had trouble walking as he went to the dugout.
Reliever Edgmer Escalona came on and got in trouble in the second.
He walked Corbin to start the inning, then Gerardo Parra hit his second single of the game. Hill hit a two-run double into the left-field corner, then stole third before Goldschmidt doubled.
Goldschmidt, like Corbin headed to his first All-Star game, leads the NL with 74 RBIs.
Corbin was helped by some big defensive plays. Goldschmidt made a leaping grab at first base to rob Herrera and end the second, and Chavez backhanded Rosario’s sizzler to third and threw to first for the final out of the fourth.
NOTES: The Diamondbacks announced a makeup game at Texas for Aug. 1. … As expected, LHP Tyler Skaggs will start for Arizona on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. … The Dodgers send Zack Greinke (6-2, 4.30 ERA) against Arizona’s Randall Delgado (1-2, 3.67) in Monday night’s series opener. … The Rockies go to San Diego, where Tyler Chatwood (4-2, 2.75) starts against Edinson Volquez (6-6, 5.26) in Monday night’s opener. … Arizona has seven left in a 10-game homestand leading to the break.
- By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer
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