Through five innings, it was looking like Corbin might succeed, at the third attempt, to get his 10th victory of the season. He was no-hitting the Padres, and the Diamondbacks had scored twice, with both runs being driven in by Paul Goldschmidt - first, with his 16th home-run of the season, then an RBI single which scored Gerardo Parra. However, the no-hitter was broken up by a bloop to left with one out in the sixth, and one out later, Giancarlo Stanton crushed a pitch from Corbin over and beyond the home-team bullpen in the left-field corner. Those were the only hits Corbin allowed, walking one and striking out seven in eight innings.
However, the Diamondbacks offense continued to struggle: they had their chances, but went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. They turned to Heath Bell to pitch the ninth inning, but with one out, he challenged Stanton after getting ahead. Another pitch was, almost inevitably, deposited into the bleachers, and the Marlins took the lead, with only their third hit of the night. As yesterday, the late loss gave Arizona the slimmest of opportunities to come back, and they went down in order, to secure their fourth consecutive loss, tying a season high.
Colorado lost, so the Diamondbacks retain sole possession of the NL West, but it's a perilously thin margin. If the Giants hold on to their current margin over San Diego, they'll be one-half game back of the D-backs, with the Rockies one game down. The series continues tomorrow, with Randall Delgado making his first start of the season for us, going up against Nathan Eovaldi.