Tomas' big day leads D-backs to 1st series win

Posted at 7:23 PM, Apr 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-17 22:23:54-04

After a gut-wrenching marathon loss Saturday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks had a sweet Sunday.

Yasmany Tomas homered twice, drove in three runs and scored three times to lead the Diamondbacks to a 7-3 victory against the San Diego Padres.

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Left-hander Patrick Corbin threw 105 pitches over 6 2-3 strong innings, his first time above 100 pitches since reconstructive elbow surgery that forced him to miss the 2014 season.

Reliever Evan Marshall was recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Reno to help bolster a depleted bullpen and pitched two perfect innings. It was his first action since he was struck on the head and suffered a fractured skull while pitching in Triple-A on Aug. 4.

Manager Chip Hale tweaked his lineup after Saturday night's 5-3, 14-inning loss that took 5 hours, 25 minutes.

"It felt good," Hale said. "Most people that saw the lineup were wondering what we were doing. But with all those innings last night, we turned to our guys that didn't play as much. Very proud of them. They battled."

Tomas, who defected from Cuba in 2013, had the first two-homer game of his two-season big league career. They were also his first of the season.

Brandon Drury hit a two-run homer, a triple and scored twice, while Phil Gosselin added a solo homer.

Tomas hit a two-run drive to right with two outs in the first and a solo homer to right-center with one out in the sixth, both off Erlin. He also singled leading off the fourth and scored on Drury's homer to left, his first.

"I feel really happy," Tomas said through a translator. "I believe those two homers were really great for the team because it was the first series we won this year. It's really important for me to do that. If I can do it more often, it's really good not just for me, but for the team, too. `'

Corbin (1-1) outdueled Robbie Erlin (1-2) in a matchup of lefties, allowing three runs, one earned, and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three.

"Again, Patrick Corbin just goes out there and gives us much-needed innings," Hale said. "I think it was the most pitches he threw since his surgery. He just looked great."

Corbin bounced back after a shaky first inning in which the Padres scored two unearned runs due to two errors, including one by the pitcher.

"I felt good," Corbin said. "It's great to get that three run lead and first time in a couple years to hit over 100 pitches. I felt strong. Everything's really great. My arm's feeling good. That's what I prepare for is to go deep in the ballgame, especially today with the situation in the bullpen. It felt good to get into the seventh, and it was great to see Marshall come back after his story."

Marshall and right-hander Archie Bradley were recalled from Triple-A Reno after the Diamondbacks used nine pitchers Saturday night.

"It was a special moment," Marshall said. "It was great. It's been so long since I pitched in a big league game. All the things that I had to do in order to get back, it's just really special. It'll stick with me for a while."

His previous big league appearance was May 10.

Erlin allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out four and walked one.

"I kind of left the ball up, left it over the plate, worked behind certain times," Erlin said. "You always want to be the one dictating how the at-bat goes starting with strike one on the first pitch preferably."

Melvin Upton Jr., who hit a winning, two-run homer Saturday night, had an RBI triple in the third to give the Padres a short-lived 3-2 lead.


Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller is OK to make his next scheduled start Thursday at San Francisco. He left Saturday night's game in the second inning with cuts on his index finger after hitting the ground on his follow-through.