PHOENIX -- The D-backs finished up their nine-game homestand with a 6-0 win over the Phillies behind an outstanding effort from left-hander Patrick Corbin on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field.They compiled a 5-4 mark, battling the Rangers and Giants to a draw in two- and four-game series, respectively, and then
PHOENIX -- The D-backs finished up their nine-game homestand with a 6-0 win over the Phillies behind an outstanding effort from left-hander Patrick Corbin on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field.
They compiled a 5-4 mark, battling the Rangers and Giants to a draw in two- and four-game series, respectively, and then taking two of three from the Phillies.
It was their first series win at home since taking two of three from the Pirates on June 11-13.
"Nice to win a series," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "I know we haven't done it in quite some time here. For us to beat this team in a three-game series -- they came in extremely hot, they've got some strong, young starting pitching and I thought we did a real nice job to come out and win today after a tough, tough loss yesterday."
After taking Thursday off, the D-backs open an important nine-game road trip in Cincinnati. With a tough schedule looming at the end of August and in September, the D-backs need to play well on the trip, which includes games against the Rangers and Padres in addition to the Reds -- alll teams well under the .500 mark.
It dovetails with Lovullo's philosophy of August being a "moving month" for contending teams, a chance to jump ahead in a crowded National League race for postseason spots.
"I know these guys are ready for that challenge," Lovullo said. "We've talked about it, they've embraced it and hopefully we come out on the positive side. Hopefully, we have some good news when we come back on that plane ride from San Diego."
If Arizona follows the same script it used Wednesday -- great starting pitching and timely hitting -- it should be in great shape.
Corbin (9-4) allowed just four hits over 7 1/3 innings. He did not walk a batter while striking out nine to give him a career-high 183 on the season.
"Very simply, we just weren't able to get anything going against Corbin," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "He did a great job of mixing his pitches. He was in the zone. Obviously, we weren't able to draw walks like we normally do. The credit goes to him. He did a great job."
Said Corbin, "Felt really good just with everything. Just really good fastball command on both sides of the plate. I got ahead of these guys. You have to get ahead, but they are aggressive, so you've got to be careful. I just thought I made some quality pitches early on."
The D-backs got all the runs they would need in the third inning against Vince Velasquez, thanks in part to a two-run triple by the red-hot David Peralta, who finished the game with four hits and the series with 10, tying a team record for hits in a three-game series.
Eduardo Escobar helped seal things in the seventh with a two-run double to give the D-backs an added cushion. He also recorded a sac fly in the third. Escobar leads the Majors with 42 doubles, and he has hit at least one in three of his past four games.
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Who knows? Corbin was dominant overall, but the first inning was a bit of a trouble spot for him. The Phillies really made him work -- he threw 19 pitches in the inning -- and after Cesar Hernandez led off with a single, it looked like they might get to Corbin before he could settle in. That changed quickly, though, because after Corbin fanned Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams struck out looking and Hernandez was caught stealing on the pitch to end the inning.
"His pitch count was at 19 or 20 pitches," Lovullo said. "Had [the Phillies] executed, or had it gone a little bit differently, we could have had a totally different story, but I thought that was a good push for him to get through that first inning. That was his toughest inning. From that point on, he really caught a tailwind."
Peralta has six games of four or more hits, the most in a single season in team history, surpassing Paul Goldschmidt's five in 2013. Three of these games have come in August.
GOOD LUCK CHARM
Peralta's tear at the plate has coincided with a visit from his cousin, Jonathan -- who, like Peralta, is from Venezuela. This is Jonathan's first trip to the United States.
"I guess he's lucky," Peralta said. "He's leaving tomorrow, and I'm like, 'You know what, you're not going anywhere. You're going to stay here with me.'"
So is Jonathan going to change his ticket?
"Nah, his wife is waiting for him to come back to Venezuela," Peralta said. "I may have to talk to her and say, 'Hey, you know what, you may have to come here and stay here for a little bit until the season's over and we win the World Series."
HE SAID IT
"I think, with all due respect to the Dodgers, we feel like this NL West Division is up for grabs, and it's going to be that way up until the final day. Look, I've got something burning in my belly that hasn't gone away since last year, and I guarantee you there's a lot of guys in that room that feel the same way." -- Lovullo, whose team was swept by the Dodgers in last year's NL Division Series
After taking Thursday off, the D-backs kick off a nine-game road trip, with the first three games in Cincinnati against the Reds. Clay Buchholz (5-1, 2.68 ERA) will get the start Friday at 4:10 p.m. MST, and the right-hander has proven to be an outstanding pickup by Arizona, which signed him to a Minor League deal on May 4 and called him up three weeks later. He got the win last time out against the Giants, allowing two runs over six innings. The Reds will counter with Anthony DeSclafani (5-3, 4.98).
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.