Corbin tries again for 10th win against Mets

Patrick Corbin has played the role of stopper very well for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season.

The struggling NL West leaders turn to their unbeaten left-hander on Tuesday hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss as they resume a four-game series with the New York Mets.

The Diamondbacks are 15-1 over Corbin's 16 starts this season, with the second-year hurler himself going 9-0 with a 2.22 earned run average. However, he has not factored into the outcome of his last five outings since picking up his last victory on June 2.

Corbin has a 2.55 ERA over his winless stretch and yielded just two runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings at Washington on Thursday. Arizona won 3-2 in 11 innings.

"Obviously I'd like to get a win, but if the team wins, that's what I want. I just want to kind of keep us in the ballgame," Corbin said.

The 23-year-old, still looking to become the first Arizona pitcher to start a season 10-0, lost his only other career start versus the Mets. He allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in just 3 1/3 innings of a road setback on May 5 of last year.

Corbin will be looking to snap another winless stretch tonight as Arizona's starting rotation has not gotten a victory in 23 straight games. The unit is 0-9 over that span since a Wade Miley victory on June 5 and it is the second- longest such streak in team history according to the Elias Sports Bureau, behind only a 24-game span from April 17-May 14, 1998.

The Diamondbacks' bullpen has been able to pick up a few victories over that time, but twice failed to hold leads in Monday's 5-4 setback in 13 innings. J.J. Putz gave up a run ninth inning to force extra innings and Josh Collmenter suffered his first loss of the season after allowing Andrew Brown's two-run single in the bottom of the 13th.

That came after Cody Ross had given Arizona the lead in the top of the 13th with a solo homer, but the club still matched a season high with a fourth straight loss while falling to 1-6 on a 10-game road trip. Seven losses in eight games has trimmed Arizona's lead atop the division over Colorado to 1 1/2 games.

"It's really tough," said Collmenter, part of a D'backs bullpen that is tied for the major league lead with 16 blown saves. "Those are the ones that's disappointing. Sometimes you go through stretches like this."

Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer earlier in the game for Arizona, his career high-tying 20th of the season. He also leads the NL with 69 RBI.

Brown's game-winning hit improved the Mets to 2-2 on their seven-game homestand and capped a contest that saw the two clubs combined to go 6-for-29 with runners in scoring position and leave 31 runners on base.

It mattered little to New York at the end of the five-plus-hour marathon.

"It's just a fun inning," Brown said. "That's the way it's supposed to be written up I guess, right?"

First baseman Josh Satin had three hits and a walk as he has reached base in 12 straight games with a hit in seven in a row. He is batting .395 through 15 games this year for the Mets.

New York turns to Jeremy Hefner in the second contest of this series and has won each of the right-hander's past three starts. Hefner is 1-0 in that span and did not factor into a 3-2 win at Colorado on Thursday.

The 27-year-old logged six innings and gave up two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and a walk. It was his sixth quality start in his last seven outings and he stands 2-6 on the year with a 3.72 ERA in 16 games (15 starts).

Hefner is 0-3 in seven starts at home this season despite a 2.93 ERA and will face Arizona for the first time.

The Mets won four of seven versus the Diamondbacks last season.