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Diamondbacks' Corbin finally gets 10th win

The SportsXchange

PHOENIX -- The first major leaguer to get nine victories, Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin had a heck of a time getting No. 10. It came with a flourish Sunday.

Corbin tied his career high with 10 strikeouts and gave up only three hits in Arizona's 6-1 victory to complete a weekend sweep of the Colorado Rockies. It was his seventh attempt to reach double-digits in wins.

"I felt like every inning I got a little bit stronger. I felt like I was able to throw everything," Corbin said.

"He deserved it a long time ago. Obviously he hasn't had run support," Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said. "He's been outstanding. He should be 15-0. I'm pretty sure it's a weight off his shoulder to that 10th 'W.'"

Corbin (10-1) has won all three of his starts against Colorado this season, giving up four runs in 23 ? innings. Both of his 10-strikeout games have come against the Rockies, who again Sunday had a hard time laying off Corbin's sliders in the dirt.

"I went to it when I got to two strikes, and I remember the last time they swung at it, so it was kind of something I remembered and hopefully they are swinging at it again.

I was able to come inside, throw that slider inside, and they couldn't lay off it," said Corbin, who won his ninth game June 2 against the Chicago Cubs. The bullpen has failed to hold late leads three times behind him.

Paul Goldschmidt doubled in a run to increase his National League-leading RBI total to 74 to cap a three-run third inning, when the Diamondbacks opened a 4-0 lead. It was one of the D-backs' five doubles, and one of their 16 extra-base hits in the series.

The D-backs (47-41) won their fifth straight game and maintained their 4 1/2-game lead in the NL West while outscoring Colorado 22-2 in the series.

"We have to figure it out. We are banged up but a lot of teams are. We have to find a way to win game, that's the bottom line. We have to put together better at-bats. You can give credit to the opposing pitcher only so much," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said.

Jonathan Herrera had two of the Rockies' three hits and ended Corbin's shutout bid with a one-out home run in the eighth inning, his first homer of the year.

The Rockies (42-47) have lost five of their last six. They had 12 hits in the series after entering 2 1/2 games behind the D-backs.

Carlos Gonzalez had the Rockies' other hit, a single in the first inning, but he left with a sore right middle finger after taking one swing in his final at-bat in the ninth inning. He said his finger got stuck on the bat when he struck out on a slider in the sixth.

"I tried to swing on the last at-bat on the on deck circle and it was hurting. I took a full swing and it felt bad so I came out of the game. We are going through a bad moment. I hope it will get better. We have to play better," Gonzalez said.

Aaron Hill had two doubles, driving in the first two runs of the third inning, and scored twice. Eric Chavez doubled and scored in the second inning, and Corbin doubled in a run in the sixth inning.

Colorado starter Roy Oswalt (0-4) left the game with a left hamstring injury suffered when his left foot skidded on home plate while he covered on a wild pitch that allowed Chavez to score for a 1-0 lead with two outs in the second.

"I just felt it pop and knew right away that there was no way I was going to be able to go back on the mound. I felt it when I was trying to slow down. They got it so wet around the plate I kind of slipped," Oswalt said.

NOTES: Colorado SS Troy Tulowitzki is expected to begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday, Weiss said. Tulowitzki also is scheduled to play a rehab game Wednesday before being reevaluated. Weiss said two rehab games might enough before Tulowitzki is reactivated. The Rockies begin a four-game road series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. ... As expected, Arizona LHP Tyler Skaggs is scheduled to start against the Dodgers on Wednesday, manager Kirk Gibson announced Sunday. Skaggs gave up three singles and a walk in eight shutout innings of a 5-0 victory over Colorado on Friday after being recalled from Triple-A Reno that day. ... RHP Ian Kennedy is scheduled to start against the Dodgers on Tuesday, his first appearance against them since serving a 10-game suspension for hitting Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke on June 11. ... Arizona announced it will make up the May 29 rainout in Texas on Aug. 1 The D-backs play a two-game series in Tampa Bay on July 30-31 and a three-game series in Boston on Aug 2-4.
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