All-Star Patrick Corbin will try to close out his first half with another victory on Friday night when the Arizona Diamondbacks resume a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Corbin finally earned his 10th victory of the season on Sunday, snapping a six-game winless stretch with a 6-1 win over Colorado. He held the Rockies to a run on three hits and a walk in eight innings of work while striking out 10 to match a career high.
That outing came five days after the left-hander lost his first contest of the year, giving up five runs over six innings versus the New York Mets. That loss finally ended Corbin's bid at becoming the first pitcher in Arizona history to start a season 10-0, but he bounced back in a big way versus the Rockies.
"Patrick today, just threw a gem," said D'backs manager Kirk Gibson. "His two- seam fastball was really moving, slider was good, threw a couple change-ups. Just kind of a true to what he's done."
The 23-year-old is 10-1 with a 2.40 earned run average through 18 starts and that includes a 6-0 mark and 1.56 ERA in nine at home.
Corbin made his first career start versus the Brewers on April 6 and earned a victory, scattering two runs over six innings.
Arizona is looking to carry its division lead in the NL West into next week's break, owning a 1 1/2-game edge over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Diamondbacks saw that advantage sliced significantly after getting swept by the Dodgers in three games to begin the week, but got a much-needed 5-3 win over the Brewers on Thursday.
Martin Prado hit a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning and Brad Ziegler put two runners on in the ninth inning before holding on for his second save of the season.
Things were understandably tense for the Diamondbacks, who lead the majors with 19 blown saves.
"We had a couple of chances and we didn't get big hits," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.
Wade Miley logged eight innings of work and retired 16 of the final 17 batters he faced in the victory, Arizona's sixth in nine games.
"Everybody knows what happened (Wednesday) night and I was just trying to go as deep as possible," Miley said, referring to a 14-inning loss to the Dodgers that saw the bullpen log 9 2/3 innings of work.
"I was fortunate that I started feeling better at the game went along, got into a better rhythm and get through eight."
Milwaukee grabbed an early 3-0 lead, getting a two-run homer from Jonathan Lucroy in the first inning and a solo shot by Carlos Gomez in the third. However, the Brewers lost their second straight and for the fifth time in eight games.
The Brewers were without slugger Ryan Braun, who was placed on the bereavement list prior to the game due to a family medical issue. Braun had just returned to action on Tuesday following a 26-game absence caused by a right thumb contusion and was rested Wednesday. He was expected to be back in the lineup for the opener before the personal issue arose.
Tom Gorzelanny will hope celebrate his 31st birthday with a victory as he toes the rubber for Milwaukee.
Gorzelanny made his second spot-start and 34th appearance of the season on Sunday and took a tough-luck 2-1 loss versus the New York Mets. The southpaw fanned eight over six innings and both runs he allowed were unearned due to throwing errors by third baseman Juan Francisco.
Gorzelanny is 1-2 with a 2.12 ERA this year and 3-1 lifetime against the Diamondbacks with a 4.30 ERA in nine meetings (6 starts).
Arizona swept a three-game series in Milwaukee when these teams met in April and has won seven of the last nine encounters overall.