published Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Patrick Corbin pitches Diamondbacks to 2-0 win over Atlanta Braves

Arizona Diamondbacks' Heath Bell celebrates winning a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Phoenix.
Arizona Diamondbacks' Heath Bell celebrates winning a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Phoenix.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

PHOENIX — Patrick Corbin allowed three hits in seven innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks turned an infield double into two runs to beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 Tuesday night.

Corbin (6-0) worked around five walks by inducing three double plays and struck out five to win his career-high sixth straight game. He is the first Diamondbacks pitcher to start 6-0 since Brandon Webb won nine straight in 2008.

Corbin also helped keep Braves slugger Justin Upton in check after his impressive performance the night before and Heath Bell worked around an error in the ninth for his fifth save in the combined four-hitter.

Julio Teheran (2-1) matched Corbin most of the way, but crossed signals with first baseman Freddie Freeman on Gerardo Parra’s infield double in third inning. Didi Gregorius followed with a two-run single and made some stellar defensive plays behind Corbin to help Arizona end a three-game losing streak.

Corbin has been Arizona’s best pitcher the early part of the season, setting a club record by allowing two runs or less and lasting at least six innings in his first eight starts.

The left-hander struggled with his control a bit against the Braves, walking four — Upton twice — in the first four innings. He worked around the extra baserunners, though, erasing two of them with double plays

A walk in the sixth inning also went nowhere as well when first baseman Paul Goldschmidt snared Freeman’s liner and stepped on the bag for another double play. Corbin also got some help from Gregorius, who made a tough play in the hole at shortstop to throw out Gerald Laird by a step in the fifth inning.

Corbin also helped contain Upton, who made a statement in the series opener.

Back at Chase Field for the first time since being traded to the Braves this past offseason, he hit a towering two-run homer and had four hits against the organization that drafted him No. 1 overall in the 2005 amateur draft.

The two-time All-Star in six seasons with the Diamondbacks wasn’t as good in his encore, striking out with a runner on in the eighth and finishing 0-for-2.

Teheran’s otherwise-impressive start against the Diamondbacks was derailed, by all things, an infield double.

The play happened when Parra hit a chopper to the right side in the third inning. Teheran chased after the ball and so did Freeman before both pulled back at the last second. The ball rolled past second baseman Dan Uggla, who was racing to cover first, and Parra ended up at second.

Gregorius followed with a two-run single to center.

Teheran allowed two more hits after that and was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. He allowed two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.

Notes: Atlanta CF B.J. Upton didn’t play after being hit on the shoulder by a pitch the night before. ... Arizona has scored three runs or fewer in seven straight games. ... Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons snapped an 0-for-21 with a bloop single in the eighth inning. .. Atlanta RHP Tim Hudson will try to bounce back from a shaky outing in the season finale against Arizona. He allowed six runs on seven hits in the fourth inning against the Giants, but is 4-0 with a 0.94 ERA in five career starts in Arizona. ... RHP Ian Kennedy will start for Arizona in the finale after a solid previous start. He allowed two runs in the first inning against the Phillies, but settled down and didn’t allow a run over the next six innings. Kennedy has not won since Opening Day.

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