Diamondbacks win again, own best record in baseball

Posted at 6:36 PM, Apr 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-09 21:37:13-04

Patrick Corbin threw six scoreless innings, Chris Owings homered and had three hits and the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 3-2 victory Sunday.

The win improved the Diamondbacks to 6-1, matching the best seven-game start in franchise history, set in 2000. It also gives them the best record in all of Major League Baseball through Sunday's games.

Cleveland's Corey Kluber (0-1) scattered eight hits in six innings, allowing three runs, two earned.

The Indians managed just seven runs in the series, and both their runs Sunday were unearned.

Archie Bradley pitched two shutout innings in relief, and Fernando Rodney earned his second save in a dramatic ninth. With Cleveland down 3-1, Yan Gomes reached on third baseman Jake Lamb's throwing error and scored on Abraham Almonte's one-out single. Carlos Santana nearly gave Cleveland the lead when he flew out to the wall in front of the swimming pool in right field.

Rodney fanned Francisco Lindor to end the game.

Corbin retired the first seven batters before Austin Jackson's one-out double into the right field corner in the third.

Arizona broke through with three consecutive two-out singles in the fourth. David Peralta flew out to center and Paul Goldschmidt struck out before Lamb and Owings singled to put runners on first and second. David Descalso slapped an opposite-field hit between third and short to bring home Lamb for the game's first run. Owings tried to steal third and scored when the catcher Gomes threw the ball into left field to make it 2-0.

It was the first time in seven games that the D-backs have scored first this season.

Owings' first homer of the season, on Kluber's 0-2 pitch with one out in the sixth, boosted the Diamondbacks' lead to 3-0.


The Indians scored in a challenging seventh inning.

Yandy Diaz led off with a single off reliever Andrew Chafin and took second when Gomes walked. Jackson grounded to second baseman Brandon Drury for what looked to be a double play. Drury flipped the ball high to Owings, who threw wildly to first for an error. Indians manager Terry Francona challenged that Owings didn't touch second and after a review, the call was changed, leaving runners at first and second and no outs.

Pinch-hitter Michael Martinez followed with a bunt and new reliever Archie Bradley threw a hard one-hopper to first, where Goldschmidt gathered it in. But first base umpire John Trumpane ruled Goldschmidt was pulled off the bag. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo challenged and the call was reversed.