Corbin stays hot as Diamondbacks throttle Mets
NEW YORK — It took five tries, but Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin sent his friends and family back home with a victory Tuesday night.
Corbin won his third straight start — and earned his first career win in his native state — by allowing one run over eight strong innings as the Diamondbacks held on to beat the New York Mets 7-4 at Citi Field.
Corbin (11-11), who grew up about 4 1/2 hours north of Citi Field in the Syracuse suburb of Clay, said he had a rooting section of about 20 fans watching him allow four hits and two walks while striking out six.
“For them to be able to watch me at home, kind of where I grew up, is great,” Corbin said. “You always want to pitch well when you’ve got a big crowd here.”
Prior to Tuesday, Corbin was 0-3 with a 5.91 ERA in four starts in New York. All three losses came at Citi Field, where he had an 8.16 ERA in three starts between 2012 and 2015.
But Corbin was in complete command Tuesday, when he stepped to the mound with a 3-0 lead thanks to J.D. Martinez’s three-run homer in the first.
“Patrick took over from there,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.
Corbin allowed multiple baserunners in only one inning and retired 11 of the final 13 batters he faced following Amed Rosario’s one-out homer in the fifth.
“I enjoy playing in front of my family and coming back here,” Corbin said. “It’s tough for them to come out to Arizona to see me start, so it works out.”
Rosario’s homer snapped a 20-inning scoreless streak for Corbin, who didn’t allow a run in winning his previous two starts. He has lowered his overall ERA from 4.76 to 4.09 during the winning streak.
“It just comes down to just minimizing mistakes and attacking the zone, getting ahead of guys, mixing it up,” Corbin said “It just comes down to strike one and (that’s) something I’ve definitely done in the last couple games.”
Paul Goldschmidt had two doubles and two RBIs, via a fifth-inning double and a seventh-inning bases loaded walk for the Diamondbacks (69-57).
Arizona has won the first two contests of the four-game series for their first set of back-to-back wins since a three-game streak from Aug. 2-4. The Diamondbacks lead the NL wild card race by one-half game over Colorado.
Adam Rosales homered in the fourth while Chris Iannetta had two hits and two runs scored for Arizona.
Yoenis Cespedes had three singles for the second straight game for the Mets (54-70), who have lost eight of nine to fall 16 games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 19, 2013.
New York made things interesting by scoring three times in the ninth. All the runs were charged to Matt Koch, who failed to record an out in his season debut.
Andrew Chafin replaced Koch and gave up a pinch-hit RBI double to Dominic Smith, a run-scoring groundout to Matt Reynolds and an RBI triple to Rosario.
Five of the six runs the Mets have scored in the last two games have in the seventh inning or later.
“They are all playing hard,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “That’s why two nights in a row, you have seen rallies late in the game, because they play hard.”
Fernando Rodney recorded the final out for his 29th save.
Left-hander Tommy Milone (1-3) allowed six runs (five earned), five hits and a walk while striking out five over 4 2/3 innings.
“Obviously the box score doesn’t look good,” said Milone, who hadn’t pitched in the majors since May 21 because of a left knee injury “But I felt like I made some pitches when I needed to after that first inning.”
NOTES: The Mets placed LHP Steven Matz (left elbow) on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, and recalled RHP Kevin McGowan from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Mets 3B David Wright (neck, shoulder, back) began a rehab assignment Tuesday, when he went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter for Class A St. Lucie. It was the first game action of any kind for Wright since he last played in the majors May 27, 2016. ... The Diamondbacks placed C Jeff Mathis (broken right hand) on the 10-day disabled list and optioned RHP Jimmie Sherfy to Triple-A Reno while also recalling RHP Jake Barrett from Reno and activating OF Reymond Fuentes from the 10-day disabled list. ... Diamondbacks RHP Rubby De La Rosa underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday.