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Associated Press

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 8:31 AM

BRAVES-DIAMONDBACKS

Corbin pitches Diamondbacks to 2-0 win over Braves

PHOENIX (AP) — Patrick Corbin allowed three hits in seven innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks turned an infield double into two runs to beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 Tuesday night.

Corbin (6-0) worked around five walks by inducing three double plays and struck out five to win his career-high sixth straight game. He is the first Diamondbacks pitcher to start 6-0 since Brandon Webb won nine straight in 2008.

Corbin also helped keep Braves slugger Justin Upton in check after his impressive performance the night before and Heath Bell worked around an error in the ninth for his fifth save in the combined four-hitter.

Julio Teheran (2-1) matched Corbin most of the way, but crossed signals with first baseman Freddie Freeman on Gerardo Parra's infield double in third inning.

Didi Gregorius followed with a two-run single and made some stellar defensive plays behind Corbin to help Arizona end a three-game losing streak.

CARDINALS-MOVES

Cardinals sign Auffray, release Waggner

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have signed tight end Kyle Auffray and released cornerback Prentiss Waggner.

Auffray went undrafted out of New Hampshire and participated in the Cardinals' rookie minicamp last week in a tryout.

At 6-foot-5, 254 pounds, he was primarily a blocking tight end at New Hampshire, catching four passes for 34 yards.

Waggner is an undrafted rookie from Tennessee.

He was a three-year starter with the Vols who had nine career interceptions.

RISKY ROOKIES

Teams take calculated risks in the NFL draft

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals took a risk by using a third-round draft pick on talented-but-troubled former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu.

A handful of other NFL teams took similar gambles with players who had questionable backgrounds or troubling medical histories.

Pittsburgh used its first-round pick on linebacker Jarvis Jones despite a spinal issue and the Chargers took Manti Te'o even though he has been dogged by a hoax involving a fake girlfriend.

The Raiders used the No. 12 overall pick on cornerback D.J. Hayden, who suffered a life-threatening heart injury last season.

Mathieu, known as the Honey Badger, was kicked off LSU's team and later arrested on marijuana charges.

The Cardinals, like the other teams with risky rookies, hope he can put his past troubles behind him and become a productive NFL player.

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ROCKIES-CUBS

Gonzalez has 2 HRs among 5 hits, Rockies beat Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez homered twice and finished with a career-high five hits to lead the struggling Colorado Rockies to a 9-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

Gonzalez was 5 for 5 and fell a triple shy of a cycle, and Eric Young Jr. also homered for the Rockies, who had lost five of their last six.

Colorado increased its lead to 5-0 in the third when Gonzalez hit his eighth of the season deep into the right-field bleachers. His home run in the ninth put the Rockies up 8-3 and gave him nine multi-home run games in his career.

Jeff Francis (2-3), winless since April 5, gave up one run and three hits while striking out seven in six innings. He was 0-3 with an 8.25 ERA over his previous six outings.

Carlos Villanueva (1-3) allowed six runs and 12 hits in five innings for the Cubs.

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