The early innings were a real grind for the D-backs. They actually scored before getting a hit, Chris Herrmann walking to lead off the third, then scoring on a sacrifice, ground out and wild pitch. J.D. Martinez got his 12th home-run to double the advantage in the sixth. But the game remained tight, until Arizona scored nine in the bottom of the eighth. That included back-to-back-to-back home-runs from Paul Goldschmidt, Martinez and Daniel Descalso. Meanwhile, David Peralta got his first career ejection, following a questionable strikeout in the fifth.
But Patrick Corbin made it all moot, taking a shutout into the eighth inning. He allowed five hits and one walk, fanning eight, and getting his season ERA down to 3.91. Corbin was lifted after putting the lead-off man on board in the seventh, and Andrew Chafin then walked the tying run on base. However, Chafin got a double-play and David Hernandez had a one-pitch outing, before the offense finally showed up. The D-backs have won six of their last seven, bolstering their confidence before the Dodgers arrive tomorrow.
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