Lefty continues to be plagued by homers, giving up 19th in short outing
By Jake Rill
PHOENIX -- Several D-backs spoke before Friday's game against the Dodgers about the All-Star break providing the chance to move past a difficult first half and start fresh. But in the second-half opener, not much was different.
Starter Patrick Corbin continued to struggle, Arizona relinquished an early lead and the bullpen let the Dodgers pull away as the D-backs lost, 13-7, at Chase Field.
"Just frustrating, not the way I'd like it to turn out," said Corbin, who lasted just four innings. "Offense did a great job there, they scored seven runs tonight, we should win this game. It's frustrating that they did their job and I let them down."
Corbin had a challenging first half, and that continued in the first game back. The left-hander allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned) for the third time on seven hits and three walks. He allowed his 19th homer in 19 starts and lost for the second straight outing.
In the fourth, Corbin surrendered five runs on five hits. He allowed a two-run triple to Chris Taylor, an RBI single to Howie Kendrick, and a two-run single to Yasiel Puig. Puig's hit came after a pair of one-out walks extended the Dodgers rally.
"Just putting myself in tough situations where I have to be perfect and just haven't been able to get out of those jams," Corbin said. "Something I'm going to try to work on is just trying to pitch ahead of guys a lot better and get back to what I'm used to doing."
The D-backs lost for the 13th time in 15 games and fell to 15-33 at home. They led, 3-2, after three innings, but momentum quickly swung in Los Angeles' favor.
"We did a nice job of continuing to play, I thought we battled, had really good at-bats all the way until the end of the game, guys were hustling," Arizona manager Chip Hale said. "We scored enough runs to win the game, obviously, just they [the Dodgers] did a good job."
Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.