Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 1: Corbin conducts a gem in first complete game

2013-05-21T00:00:00Z Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 1: Corbin conducts a gem in first complete gameThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DENVER - 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 shook his catcher's hand and coolly walked off the field.

There were no big displays of emotion to celebrate Corbin's first complete game. This is what he expects and, lately, what Arizona expects of him.

Corbin tossed a three-hitter and struck out a career-high 10 to lift NL West-leading Arizona 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 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.

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.

Didi Gregorius had a big night, driving in runs with a double in the fourth and a single in the sixth. Paul Goldschmidt and Eric Chavez had RBI singles in the third, staking Arizona to a 3-0 lead.

Today

• Who: D-backs at Rockies

• When: 5:40 p.m.

• TV; radio: FSAZ; 1490-AM

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