Corbin leads D-backs to 6-5 win over Padres

PHOENIX - Patrick Corbin worked six innings without his best stuff to become the first Arizona left-hander to start with eight straight wins, Martin Prado matched a career high with four hits and the Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 6-5 on Sunday.

Corbin allowed more than two runs for the first time this season, but helped himself with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning off Tommy Layne (0-1) to become the third Arizona pitcher to start a season 8-0.

Eric Chavez homered for the second straight game, Prado drove in a run in the seventh inning after getting three hits the night before and Heath Bell worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

Carlos Quentin hit a two-run homer and Kyle Blanks also had two RBIs for the Padres, who have lost four of five.

Corbin (8-0) has been one of baseball's best pitchers through the first two months of the season, using an effectively wild approach and a wicked slider to keep hitters off-balance.

The 23-year-old went 6-8 with a 4.54 ERA in 22 games last season -- 17 starts -- after being traded from the Los Angeles Angels in 2010.

Corbin's success this season has come from his ability to throw strikes; he leads the majors hitting the plate 71 percent of the time. He was superb in his last start, striking out a career-high 10 while tossing his first complete game against Colorado with a three-hitter.

The Padres jumped on Corbin's strike-throwing tendencies right away, with leadoff hitter Chris Denorfia hitting his first pitch past Chavez at third for a double. Denorfia moved over on a sacrifice and scored on Chase Headley's groundout, giving San Diego an early lead on a pitcher who hasn't trailed much this season.

It didn't last the inning.

Paul Goldschmidt lined a double off Jason Marquis in the bottom half and Chavez followed with his seventh homer of the season, a two-run, opposite-field shot to left.

Arizona added two more runs in the second against Marquis, on Miguel Montero's run-scoring double and a sacrifice fly by Gerardo Parra that made it 4-1.

Marquis continued to labor with his command and was replaced after walking two in the fourth inning. He allowed four runs on seven hits in 3 1-3 innings

Corbin wasn't exactly sharp, either.

He hurt himself in the fourth inning with an off-balance throw that sailed into the stands for an error, setting up Blanks' run-scoring single that cut Arizona's lead to 4-2.

An opening walk in the fifth led to trouble, too, when Quentin hit his fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot that tied the game at 4-all

Corbin helped himself in the bottom half and put Arizona back up with his second hit of the season, a looping, RBI single just over the third base bag. He was done following a leadoff single in the seventh inning after allowing four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits with five strikeouts.

He joins Micah Owings in 2011 and Brandon Webb in 2006 and 2008 as the only Arizona pitchers to open a season 8-0.

Prado had a run-scoring double in the seventh inning, a run the Diamondbacks needed after Quentin hit an RBI double off Brad Ziegler in the eighth.

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