Milwaukee (37-54) at Arizona (48-44)

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  • Game info: 9:40 pm EDT Fri Jul 12, 2013
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After finally recording his 10th win, Patrick Corbin can focus solely on trying to help the Arizona Diamondbacks remain atop the NL West.

The All-Star left-hander looks to lead the Diamondbacks to a fifth consecutive victory over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Corbin (10-1, 2.40 ERA) went 9-0 with a 2.06 ERA in his first 11 starts and 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA over the next six. He allowed a home run and two other hits while striking out 10 in eight innings of a 6-1 win over Colorado on Sunday.

He joins Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling and Brandon Webb as the only Arizona pitchers with at least 10 wins prior to the All-Star break.

“He deserved it a long time ago,” Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said. “He should be 15-0, to be honest.

“I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of weight off his shoulders to get that 10th win.”

Corbin is now focused on trying to help the Diamondbacks (48-44) build on Thursday’s 5-3 comeback win over Milwaukee.

“Look, I’m trying to win every game I go out there,” he said. “I got No. 10 (Sunday) and I’ll aim for No. 11 the next time I go out there.”

In his only start against the Brewers on April 6, Corbin gave up two runs in six innings of a 9-2 road victory.

He won’t have to worry about facing Milwaukee star Ryan Braun who will miss at least two more games after being placed on bereavement leave for a family medical issue.

“There’s a chance he will miss the whole series,” manager Ron Roenicke told the Brewers’ official website.

It’s the latest setback for the former NL MVP, who played one game after coming off the disabled list Tuesday following missing a month with a thumb injury. He’s also dealing with the distraction of possibly facing a suspension for allegedly failing to cooperate with MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis case.

Without Braun on Thursday, Milwaukee (37-54) jumped out to a 3-0 lead on home runs by Jonathan Lucroy and All-Star Carlos Gomez but Arizona rallied to snap a three-game slide. Arizona’s Martin Prado had two hits, including the tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth.

“What it really comes down to his they got a big hit and we didn’t,” said Roenicke, whose team has been outscored 25-13 while going 0-4 against the Diamondbacks in 2013.

Prado has batted .350 with 10 RBIs in his last 15 games.

Milwaukee’s Norichika Aoki has batted .415 in nine games this month, while Gomez’s solo shot is his only hit in the last 20 at-bats.

Tom Gorzelanny (1-2, 2.12) makes his second straight start after allowing two unearned runs and striking out eight without a walk in a 2-1 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday. The left-hander, who filled in to give Wily Peralta extra time to heal a strained left hamstring, has split his two spot starts this season while yielding one earned run in 10 innings.

“Obviously (starting is) something I’ve done most of my career and I enjoy it, but I’m here to do whatever they need me to do,” he said. “Start again or go back to the bullpen, I’m happy with whatever.”

Gorzelanny has gone 3-1 with a 4.63 ERA in six starts against the Diamondbacks, last facing them in 2010.

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T. Gorzelanny Det vs. P. Corbin Ari
3-6 Record 14-8
3.90 ERA 3.41
83 K 178
31 BB 54
1.27 WHIP 1.17


Friday, Jul 12