Corbin Leads D-backs Past Nats

By Nicholas Valenzuela

Patrick Corbin lead the Arizona Diamondbacks (58-57) to a 7-4 victory over the visiting Washington Nationals (71-44) to end their 8-game winning streak.

Paul Goldschmidt would put the D-backs on the board first in the bottom of the second inning. After reaching second base off a throwing error by Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Goldschmidt would steal third base and score when catcher Kurt Suzuki’s throw got away from Zimmerman.

Arizona would add a couple more runs in the bottom of the third inning when Goldschmidt doubled down the left field line to score Chris Young and Jason Kubel, to put the D-backs up 3-0.

The D-backs tacked on another run in the fifth when Aaron Hill’s double to deep center field would score Young. Hill would then score from second on a single by Goldschmidt in the next at bat and Goldy would be brought in on an RBI double by Justin Upton to put the D-backs up 6-0. Arizona catcher Miguel Montero drove in Upton on a double to deep right field to add another run to the scoreboard. Goldschmidt would finish the game with two hits and three RBIs.

Washington would plate a couple runs in the top of the seventh inning off an RBI single by Zimmerman and a sacrifice fly by former D-back Adam LaRoche. They tacked on a couple more runs in the top of the ninth inning off an RBI groundout by Jayson Werth and an RBI single by Tyler Moore.

The comeback in the late stages of the game wouldn’t be enough for Washington to overcome the strong start by Arizona starter Patrick Corbin as he allowed only four hits and two runs through seven strong innings pitched.

Arizona travels to St. Louis tomorrow to start a three-game series with the Cardinals. Ian Kennedy takes the mound tomorrow in game one of the series for Arizona.