Patrick Corbin pitched 6.2 innings of shutout ball at Chase Field, and the offense broke things open with a four-run sixth inning. It was a tense pitchers’ duel in the early stages, between Corbin and Jon Lester, which was scoreless through five. Corbin needed some good pitches - and a strong assist from Ketel Marte’s throw to gun a runner down at home - in the fifth, escaping with the bases loaded.
The D-backs then capitalized with a burst in the sixth. J.D. Martinez got them on the board with an RBI double, and a Cubs error allowed another run to score. Brandon Drury doubled two more home later in the inning. A.J. Pollock had an RBI single in the seventh, and David Peralta legged out an inside-the-park home-run after the ball caromed away from the CF in the eighth. Corbin gave up five hits and a walk, striking out eight, in a much needed performance.
Yeah, guess who hit publish on the wrong story. :) Fernando Rodney lost the shutout in the ninth, but if you’re going to pitch badly, doing so in a non-save situation and with a six-run lead is the time to do it. Interestingly, David Hernandez replaced him, and got the final out for the save. The win, coupled with a Rockies’ loss, moves the D-backs into a tie for the two wild-card spots. The Cubs are now also tied with the Cardinals in the NL Central.