Corbin fans 11 in 6 innings, D-backs win 7th straight series

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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin throws against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Phoenix. (Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin throws against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Phoenix. (Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
PHOENIX (AP) -

Patrick Corbin struck out 11 in six innings to improve to 4-0 in five starts, and the Arizona Diamondbacks became the first team in 15 years to win their first seven series of a season with a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Nick Ahmed hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who took the last two from the Padres after losing the series opener.

The last team to win its first seven series was the San Francisco Giants in 2003. Arizona’s 15-6 record matches the franchise’s best start after 21 games.

Corbin (4-0), coming off a one-hit, complete-game shutout of San Francisco on Tuesday night, allowed two hits, one of them a two-run homer to Christian Villanueva, and walked one. He also singled in the last run in the Diamondbacks’ four-run fourth inning. The left-hander, again displaying a dominant slider, has 48 strikeouts in five starts.

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Archie Bradley survived some trouble to get the final four outs for his second save. The shortstop Ahmed made a diving stop to get the first out in the ninth. Villanueva then doubled and moved to third on Eric Hosmer’s groundout before Bradley struck out Jose Pirela to end the game.

Villanueva’s seventh home run of the season came on an 0-2 pitch after Corbin struck out Wil Myers but the ball sailed to the backstop and Myers reached safely, avoiding what would have been the third out.

Rookie Joey Lucchese (2-1) gave up four runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked four.

Arizona broke a scoreless tie with Lucchesi’s help in a four-run fourth.

Paul Goldschmidt drew a leadoff walk and A.J. Pollock singled. With one out and runners at first and third, Pollock broke for second and Lucchesi threw the ball wildly over the first baseman Myers’ head. Goldschmidt scored and Pollock raced to third. The next batter, Ahmed, hit a two-run shot into the Arizona bullpen down the left field line and the Diamondbacks were up 3-0. Deven Marraro walked, stole second and scored on Corbin’s two-out single up the middle to make it 4-0.

Corbin struck out the first two he faced in the fourth, and got Myers to wave at a slider that bounced far off the plate. By the time catcher Jeff Mathis chased it down, Myers was on first, the inning was still alive and Villanueva was at the plate.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: 1B Wil Myers started after taking Saturday off as the Padres ease him back following his return from the 10-day DL (nerve irritation in his right arm) on Friday.

Diamondbacks: 3B Jake Lamb (right shoulder) could rejoin the Diamondbacks on their trip that starts Tuesday in Philadelphia. ... Steven Souza Jr., who has yet to play because of a strained right pectoral muscle, resumed throwing exercises on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Padres: San Diego opens a three-game series at Colorado on Monday night, going with RH Bryan Mitchell (0-2, 5.03) against the Rockies’ Chad Bettis (3-0, 1.44).

Diamondbacks: Arizona has Monday off, and then opens a three-game set in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The Diamondbacks will go with LHP Robbie Ray (2-0, 4.98) against Phillies RHP Vince Velasqueez (1-2, 3.80).

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