About the only thing Arizona rookie left-hander Patrick Corbin could not do Sunday was talk himself into a complete game.
“You never want to come out of a game, especially when you are throwing well, but I understand,” Corbin said after pitching a career-high eight innings and driving in four runs in the Diamondbacks’ 10-2 victory over San Francisco.
Corbin’s bases-loaded triple broke a 2-2 tie in a five-run fourth inning, and he singled in a run in the seventh. They were his first career RBIs.
Corbin (6-7) gave up eight hits and struck out five to prevent the NL West-leading Giants from a three-game sweep. He broke a three-game losing streak while beating the Giants for the second time at Chase Field this season.
“He pitched to both sides of the plate. He had a little run with his fastball, mixed the change-up in and threw the slider when he needed to as well,” said San Francisco MVP candidate Buster Posey, who singled in a run in the first inning off Corbin and also drew a walk.
The Giants (83-63) maintained a 7½-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West with 16 games to play when the Dodgers lost to St. Louis 5-2 in 12 innings on Sunday. St. Louis (77-70) has a one-game lead over the Dodgers for the second NL wild-card spot, while the D-backs (72-74) remained 4½ games behind in the wild-card race.
San Francisco center fielder Angel Pagan singled, doubled and scored. Since Aug. 15, Pagan is hitting .333 with 11 doubles, six triples and 11 RBIs. The Giants are 19-10 in that stretch.
Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong (12-9) struggled once again, giving up six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. He is winless in three starts against the D’backs this season, giving up 13 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings.
“I can’t say I missed location today. The only pitch I missed location was Upton’s first double,” Vogelsong said.
“On Corbin’s [triple], I just spotted it in the middle. The balls came out good; that is why it is getting perplexing. My stuff is there. It just doesn’t make much sense right now.”
Vogelsong has given up 20 earned runs in his last in 18 2/3 innings.
“The good news is he is healthy and he has shown how well he can throw at times but he is fighting himself a little bit,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It is a down period right now but he will come out of this. If I saw something that would make me want to skip him, sure, but his stuff is good.”
Pagan set a San Francisco record with his 13th triple of the season Saturday and almost had No. 14 as the first batter Sunday, but his long fly down the left field line one-hopped into the D-backs’ bullpen for a ground rule double. Pagan broke the triples record set by Willie Mays (1960) and tied by Steve Finley (2006).