Patrick Corbin and Paul Goldschmidt were the two Arizona Diamondbacks All-Stars this season. On Tuesday in Cincinnati, both of them certainly proved why in the 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Corbin (13-3) pitched a complete game, allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out ten in the process. Goldschmidt slugged a grand slam in the eighth inning, scoring Corbin, A.J. Pollock and Martin Prado.
Until Goldy’s blast, however, the D-Backs just had a slim, 1-0 lead. Prado’s solo shot off Tony Cingrani (6-3) in the top of the fourth provided the run. Cingrani was removed from the game later in the inning due to a lower back strain.
Corbin’s only hiccup of the contest came in the bottom of the eighth, when Chris Heisey launched a two-run homer. The 24-year-old lowered his ERA to 2.45 on the year, the 5th-best earned run average in Major League Baseball. Arizona is now 21-4 in games which the lefty starts this season.
The Snakes still sit 7.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West, while now just trail the Reds by 5 games for the second and final NL wild-card spot. The Diamondbacks continue their four game series against Cincy tomorrow, sending Brandon McCarthy to the mound.