Arizona Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin is no joke.
Corb, now 7-0, tossed a complete game last night against the Colorado Rockies (at Coors Field), allowing just one run on three hits in the D-backs' 5-1 win in the first game of a three-game series.
Eric Chavez, usually a reserve third baseman, is still on a tear, as he tripled to lead off the second inning, and scored as Miguel Montero grounded out.
Gerardo Parra led off the third inning with a double, and Paul Goldschmidt hit him in for the D-backs' second run. Goldschmidt took second and third on a passed ball, followed by a wild pitch, and Chavez singled to score Goldschmidt.
Didi Gregorius, continuing his hot streak, hit an RBI double to score A.J. Pollock in the fourth.
With almost the same setup, Gregorius singled home Pollock in the top of the sixth for a 5-0 lead.
The rest was up to Corbin.
Corbin gave up his first hit of the game in the fourth inning, as Troy Tulowitzki, and a runner didn't get into scoring position until the bottom of the eighth inning.
Nolan Arenado doubled, and Jordan Pacheco doubled later in the inning to break up Corbin's scoreless bid.
Still, Corbin kept pitching like nothing happened.
He got Eric Young Jr. to ground out to end the eighth, then retired the Rockies in order in the ninth inning, and not just any Rockies bats -- Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gonzalez, and Tulowitzki.
Gonzalez struck out in his at-bat, Corbin's 10th K of the game.
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