Corbin starts strong as D-backs drub Cubs

Corbin starts strong as D-backs drub Cubs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs collected 12 hits and got a solid outing by starter Patrick Corbin as they beat the Cubs, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd at Salt River Fields.

Corbin became the final member of the Arizona rotation to see action this spring, and the left-hander allowed two runs, both of which were unearned thanks to an error by third baseman Jake Lamb.

"There were a couple of pitches I think I left up a little bit early in some at-bats," Corbin said. "Overall, I felt pretty good and felt strong."

The D-backs scored a pair of runs in the first inning on an RBI double by Lamb and a run-scoring single by Peter O'Brien.

Lamb's RBI double

Both of the runs came off Adam Warren, who is battling for a spot in the Cubs' rotation. In his first spring start, Warren allowed three hits over two innings.

Warren admitted he had some butterflies in his Cubs debut.

"Things were moving a little faster than I wanted them to," he said of the first inning. "It's to be expected -- I was a little jittery, anxious to get out there, especially with a new team. Just to get that first inning out of the way was really nice. It was really encouraging for me to go out there in the second inning and settle down and pitch like I know I can."

Warren retires Pollock

The Cubs tied things up with the two unearned runs in the second and grabbed the lead in the third on a monster home run by Dexter Fowler that was projected by Statcast™ to land 442 feet from home plate.

The D-backs reclaimed the lead with a pair of runs during a sloppy fourth inning that saw Rex Brothers throw four wild pitches and Tommy La Stella commit a throwing error.

Heyward's strong throw

Shortstop Jack Reinheimer, acquired from the Mariners in last year's Mark Trumbo trade, capped the D-backs' scoring in the eighth with a two-run homer, his first of the spring.

Up next for Cubs: Jason Hammel will make his first Cactus League start on Monday when the Cubs host the Royals at 2:05 p.m. CT at Sloan Park in Mesa. It's a split-squad day, and Aaron Brooks, recently acquired from the A's, will start for the Cubs against the Rockies at 2:10 p.m. in Scottsdale. Brooks was 3-4 with a 6.71 ERA in 11 games with Oakland last year. Hammel is coming off a 10-7 season in which he compiled a 3.74 ERA. He reported to camp in great shape after revising his offseason workout plan. The game against the Rockies can be heard on an exclusive webcast on

Up next for D-backs: The club travels across town to play the Mariners in Peoria on Monday at 1:10 p.m. MT with Rubby De La Rosa making his second start of the spring. De La Rosa is penciled into the fourth spot in the rotation. Archie Bradley, who is scheduled to follow De La Rosa to the mound, is in contention for the No 5 spot.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.