Former Aces Pitcher Wins for Diamondbacks

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Patrick Corbin pitched two-hit ball over six innings following his promotion from the minors Wednesday, and the Arizona Diamondbacks got home runs from Miguel Montero and newcomer Chris Johnson in a 4-0 victory that completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers .

Montero opened the scoring in the second inning with an RBI single against rookie Stephen Fife and made it 4-0 in the eighth with his 13th homer, a two-run shot off Randy Choate . Montero's three RBIs raised his season total to 64, the most among catchers.

The Diamondbacks outscored the Dodgers 19-4 in their first three-game sweep at Chavez Ravine since August 2007.

Corbin (3-4) struck out five and walked two in his sixth major league start after spending the previous two months with Triple-A Reno, where he was 3-2 with a 3.44 ERA in nine starts.

The 23-year-old left-hander made five starts and five relief appearances for Arizona earlier this season with a 4.15 ERA. He started against the Dodgers on May 21, giving up two runs over 5 1-3 innings in a 6-1 loss at Chase Field.

The Dodgers' only hits in the game were a two-out single by Matt Kemp in the first inning and a two-out single by Fife in the second.

Fife (0-1) allowed two runs and six hits over 4 1-3 innings, a year to the day that the Dodgers acquired the 25-year-old right-hander in a multiplayer trade with Boston. He has yielded four runs in 16 1-3 innings during his three big league starts, but has walked three batters in each one.

Shane Victorino was 0 for 4 in his Dodgers debut in left field, a day after he was acquired from Philadelphia during the final hours before the non-waiver trade deadline. It was a homecoming of sorts for the two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, who was selected by Los Angeles in the sixth round of the 1999 draft.

A heads-up baserunning play by Paul Goldschmidt helped the Diamondbacks score their first run after he singled on Fife's first pitch of the second inning. Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis made a sensational, diving grab of Justin Upton 's bunt after sprinting about 30 feet to the left of the plate, but Goldschmidt got to second after tagging up, and Montero singled him home.

Johnson made it 2-0 in the fourth with his 10th homer, driving a 2-0 pitch to center. In three games with the Diamondbacks after being acquired from Houston on Friday, he is 6 for 11 with seven RBIs - including a grand slam against Aaron Harang in the series opener - and has been on base eight times in 13 plate appearances. Johnson is 11 for 22 with three homers and 10 RBIs in his last six games overall.


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