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Diamondbacks 8, Cubs 4

Patrick Corbin's start wasn't the prettiest, but it was good enough and the offense helped him out, as he beat former Diamondback Edwin Jackson, and improved his record to 9-0 at Wrigley Field this afternoon.

David Banks

Corbin was in trouble out of the gate, having difficulty locating his pitches, and he walked two batters and hit another two in the first inning, forcing in a run without the Cubs getting a hit or even getting the ball out of the infield. However, the D-backs struck back in the second, thanks to the Cubs outfield clanking a ball from Corbin's bat off their glove (above), which helped lead to a three-run inning. Chicago struck back themselves, getting some two-out magic in both the fourth and fifth, tying things up on a two-run homer by another former Diamondback, Scott Hairston.

Jackson's pitch-count was high, but the Cubs manager seemed a little bullpen-shy - I wonder why? That came back to bite him, as five consecutive Diamondbacks reached base with two outs in the sixth. Paul Goldschmidt drove in the go-ahead run, and Cody Ross had a two-run single. That made a winner of Corbin, who went six innings and allowed four runs on six hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. His season ERA increased to 2.06, but I think this is the kind of regression which I can handle, the kind which still results in wins. The bullpen posted zeroes the rest of the way.

The offense got 13 hits, but only one was for extra-bases, a Ross double. Every starting position player had a hit, with Wil Nieves having three: Goldschmidt, Jason Kubel and Ross each had two-hit afternoons. The win keeps Arizona's lead at 2.5 games, and they head into St. Louis for a tough, four-game set against the NL Central leaders, which starts tomorrow.