The Arizona Diamondbacks were able to halt their second five-game losing streak of the season last night and look to make it two wins in a row Saturday versus the NL West-rival San Francisco Giants.
The Diamondbacks recorded a 5-1 win in Friday's opener of a three-game series behind rookie starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, who fired seven solid innings of one-run ball and struck out four with no walks. He scattered three hits to push his record to 2-1 on the season. Bryan Shaw and David Hernandez both threw a scoreless inning of relief to preserve the win.
"I wanted to attack the hitters a lot more," said Corbin. "I fell behind to Melky [Cabrera] and left a pitch middle that he took out but I think after that I kind of settled down."
Melky Cabrera had a first-inning home run for San Francisco, which has lost 10 of its last 16 games overall.
Miguel Montero hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning and Paul Goldschmidt followed with a two-run homer. A.J. Pollock hit his first career home run in the sixth for the Diamondbacks, who are 1-3 on a six-game homestand.
Trevor Cahill hopes to pitch the D'Backs to a series victory when he toes the rubber tonight. Cahill is 2-3 with a 3.26 ERA in six starts in his first stint with Arizona, but has dropped three of his past four outings. In a 3-1 setback against the New York Mets on Sunday, Cahill surrendered all three runs over seven innings. He has allowed 11 runs in his losses this season.
Cahill, a right-hander, is 0-2 in two home starts, but sports a 3-0 record to go along with a 1.30 ERA in four career starts against the Giants.
San Francisco has been struggling to put up runs lately and will continue its six-game road trip this evening.
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner entered Friday's game on a five-game win streak, but was charged with five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits over six innings for the loss. He walked two and struck out five.
Cabrera, who has hit safely in nine straight games, ended with two of the Giants' five hits. The Giants have scored a total of six runs in their last four games.
"This offense has to get going," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "The at-bats have to get better. It's tough when you're not getting guys out there and putting more pressure on the opposing club."
Matt Cain gets the call for Bochy's club and has struggled so far this season to the tune of a 1-2 record in six starts with a decent 2.38 ERA. Cain is 0-2 in his last four outings and did not record a decision in Sunday's 4-3 win over Milwaukee, as he held the Brewers to a pair of runs in seven innings to go along with 10 strikeouts.
Cain, a right-hander, did not figure into the decision of a 7-6 loss at Arizona to start the 2012 campaign and was reached for five runs in six innings. Cain is 10-6 with a 3.61 ERA in 24 career starts against the Diamondbacks.
Arizona swept the Giants in three games from April 6-8 and has won nine in a row in this series. San Francisco is winless in eight straight trips to Chase Field, last winning there on June 15, 2011.