Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 5/12/12
PHOENIX -- Add left-hander Patrick Corbin to the Diamondbacks' list of rookie Giant killers. First came Paul Goldschmidt, a major contributor in 2011 when the D-backs held off San Francisco down the stretch to win the NL West title -- and a major contributor to the 5-1 victory at Chase Field on Friday with three hits and another home run. And now Corbin, whose first home start could not have gone much better. He gave up a first-inning home run to Melky Cabrera and little else while stopping the D-backs five-game losing streak and making a case for an extended stay in the starting rotation. Another rookie, A.J. Pollock, finished the scoring with his first major league home run in the sixth. The D-backs have owned the series recently, winning the last nine games against the Giants. Manager Kirk Gibson said there is no explanation, and Willie Bloomquist called it a streak born out or respect. "We show up to play against them, Bloomquist said. "We bring our best against them because we have to. (There's) a little more excitement when you play against the Giants. You tend to get up a little bit more against them because of the horses they have. The players they have on that team, you cant help but get up for it. Otherwise you are going to get steamrolled by them." The D-backs (15-18) have won all four games against the Giants (15-17) this season, all at Chase Field, while finding the power that has been otherwise lacking much of the season, especially after Chris Young was lost to a shoulder injury. The D-backs have two homers in each of the four games, two by Goldschmidt, who gave Corbin a cushion with a two-run homer off Madison Bumgarner that capped a three-run fifth inning for a 4-1 lead. Bloomquist and Miguel Montero hit back-to-back doubles for the first run in the fifth, and Goldschmidt followed Monteros double by hitting a 91 mph fastball at the letters over the fence in left field. It was the same area found by Goldschmidts homer against Tim Lincecum in the first inning of the season opener. Goldschmidt has two homers this year, both against the Giants, and had two against Lincecum last year. "He doesnt get cheapies off any no-namerst," Bloomquist said of Goldschmidt. "He seems to get their best. It is nice to have that." In the several years before Gibson became manager, the Giants beat the D-backs by doing the little things better -- moving runners with productive outs, taking the extra base, not giving away outs. The pendulum has swung in the D-backs direction during the win streak, and that was the case again Friday. The Giants lead the NL with 35 errors, and a bobble by shortstop Brandon Crawford in the third inning led to an unearned run driven in by Bloomquist, who had two hits off Bumgarner on Friday and is 5 for 11 against him in his career. The more damaging defensive lapse came in the three-run fifth, when left fielder Brent Pill circled around Monteros fly ball but could not get a glove on it with two outs in the inning. Monteros ball fell at the base of the fence, enabling Bloomquist to score, and Goldschmidt homered five pitches later. As with many teams, home runs are the best indicator of the D-backs' offensive success. They were 38-12 when they hit at least two homers in a game last year and are 7-1 when doing it this year. They have eight homers in four games against the Giants and 22 in their other 29 games. They also have four this season against Bumgarner, who came in with a five-game winning streak. "He made some mistakes, didnt get the ball where he wanted to, and we were fortunate to make him pay for it," Gibson said. Corbin, who split his starts in Miami and New York on the last road trip, was the beneficiary. After giving up a homer on a 2-0 pitch to Cabrera in the first inning, the 22-year-old gave up only two singles the rest of the way while going seven innings. He struck out four, had no walks and picked one of the two runners off first base. After giving up 13 hits and seven runs in his first two starts, Corbin decided he had been giving hitters too much credit. "The first couple of games, I was probably trying not to give up a hit instead of attacking them and let them put it in play," Corbin said. "I was able to throw my fastball for a strike (on the) first pitch, got ahead, and that made a lot of things easier." The Giants did not get a runner as far as second base after Cabrera's homer until Justin Upton dropped Buster Poseys fly ball on the warning track in the right-field corner for a two-base error with one out in the seventh. Corbin got out of the inning with a strikeout and a soft fly to short right, then was met at the dugout by a congratulatory handshake from Gibson. He retired 12 in a row after Hector Sanchezs single with one out in the second inning, spotting his fastball and mixing in a slurve and a changeup that kept the Giants guessing. Corbin got all three outs in the sixth on off-speed pitches, and he got two outs in the seventh that way. "He put those guys in non-hitter-friendly counts," Gibson said.
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