PHOENIX - Patrick Corbin has been outstanding this season for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The left-hander put together another strong start and drove in a run to help lead the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Thursday night.
Corbin (5-0) pitched 6 1/3 innings and scattered four hits, allowing one run to lower his ERA to 1.75. He became the first pitcher to throw at least six innings and allow two or fewer runs in his first seven starts of the season since Ubaldo Jimenez had 12 straight such outings for Colorado in 2010.
Dan Haren had held the Diamondbacks mark with six such starts in 2009.
"I knew if I could come in and go after these guys and compete, I didn't think the start would be like this, but I'm not surprised at all," Corbin said. "Last year I learned I could pitch in this league and I'm taking it to this league. Every time I go out there I want to keep the team in the ball game, eat up some innings and give them a chance to win."
Corbin needed only 89 pitches and didn't allow a runner to reach third base.
"They had a lot of lefties in the lineup today so a big thing was getting ahead, throwing inside and making them feel uncomfortable," Corbin said. "One thing that I've learned is if you can locate your heater, everything else is better."
With Ian Kennedy and Trevor Cahill a combined 3-6, the 23-year-old Corbin has turned into the Diamondbacks unlikely ace.
"We're not surprised. That's why he's on the team," Gibson said. "We've got complete confidence in him. He's thrown the ball this way all year. He's got a great head on his shoulders."
Heath Bell pitched a scoreless ninth, retiring the side with one hit on seven pitches, for his third save in as many nights since taking over for injured closer J.J. Putz.
The Diamondbacks matched a season high with their fourth straight win.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel set a franchise record with his 1,332nd game as the club's skipper.
Corbin gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead in the fifth. After Martin Prado and Gerardo Parra started the inning with consecutive singles and Cliff Pennington hit a soft bouncer back to Cole Hamels (1-5), Corbin drove in Prado on an RBI groundout to short.
Arizona made it 2-0 in the sixth. Cody Ross doubled to left, Miguel Montero walked and Prado reached on a fielder's choice with Ross moving to third. Parra's swinging bunt along the first-base line allowed Ross to sprint home.