Left-hander Patrick Corbin breezed through a Milwaukee Brewers' lineup missing its two biggest bats, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 9-2 victory Saturday night at Miller Park.
Brewers' slugger Ryan Braun was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day and third baseman Aramis Ramirez went to the disabled list earlier Saturday. With those two out, Corbin limited Milwaukee to two runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts in six innings of work.
After allowing an RBI double to Jean Segura in the second, making it a 2-2 game, Corbin retired the next eight Brewers' batters.
With Corbin in a groove, the Diamondbacks offense went to work against Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers. Both Paul Goldschmidt and Eric Chavez collected two hits against Fiers. Goldschmidt finished the day 2-for-5 with a double, home run, 2 RBIs and three runs scored. Chavez was 2-for-3 and scored twice.
The inconsistency that had plagued Fiers throughout spiring training was problematic in his first regular-season start. The right-hander fell behind 1-0 when Aaron Hill doubled to score Martin Prado in the first inning.
After retiring eight of the next 10 Diamondbacks' batters, Fiers opened the fourth by allowing a double by Paul Goldschmit and gave up a home run to Jason Kubel, making it 3-2 Arizona. After Eric Chavez and Cliff Pennington followed with singles, Corbin struck out and Gerardo Parra made it 4-2 on an RBI single that scored Chavez.
Arizona scored two more on Goldschmidt's two-run homer with one out in the fifth. Chris Narveson took over in the sixth, ending Fiers' day after he allowed six runs and nine hits with a walk, a strikeout and two home runs in six innings.
The Diamondbacks added two more in the seventh thanks to a pair of Milwaukee errors and added another in the eighth on Aaron Hill's first home run of the season.
Brewers' rookie Jean Segura was one of the lone offensive bright spots for Milwaukee, going 3-for4 with an RBI. Norichka Aoki had two hits with a walk and a run scored.
NOTES: Diamondbacks' pitchers have 10 or more strikeouts in their first four games. ... Brewers' opponents have scored first in all five games this season. ... Third baseman Eric Chavez returned to the Diamondbacks' lineup after being hit on the arm with a pitch in Arizona's 16-inning victory over St. Louis on Wednesday. ... The seventh-inning wild pitch that led to two runs in Arizona's 3-1 victory Friday was changed to a passed ball Saturday, reducing the number of earned runs charged to Milwaukee reliever Burke Badenhop from two to one.
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