SAN DIEGO -- For a change, the Diamondbacks were able to step back and take a breath Saturday. After playing 21 games decided by two runs or fewer and a half a dozen that went extra innings, they found the refreshing blowout they have lacked.
With early-season standouts Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock leading the way, the D-backs scored six runs in the second inning and put up a dominating 8-1 victory, lowering the stress level a few degrees while breaking a four-game losing streak.
Corbin struck out seven in seven innings while becoming the second pitcher in the majors with six starts of at least six innings with two runs or fewer allowed, joining Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox. Pollock, meanwhile, is second on the team in RBIs.
Getting that six spot for us, especially, getting up on a team good and playing with a good lead was a nice change of pace for us, Pollock said. "Kind of got everybody relaxed, especially with Corbin throwing the way he was.
"Winning close games is good, ...