Diamondbacks 2, Braves 0: 'I feel good,' 6-0 Corbin says

2013-05-15T00:00:00Z Diamondbacks 2, Braves 0: 'I feel good,' 6-0 Corbin saysThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - 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 Atlanta, walking four - Upton twice - in the first four innings. But he worked around the extra baserunners, , erasing two of them with double plays.

Today

• What: Braves at Diamondbacks

• When: 12:40 p.m.

• TV; radio: FSAZ; 1490-AM, 104.9-FM

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