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ARI@MIA: Corbin fans six in his Major League debut

MIAMI -- Less than an inning into his Major League debut, Patrick Corbin found himself in a tough spot.

The Marlins had loaded the bases with one out against the D-backs left-hander, and their hottest hitter, Omar Infante, was at the plate.

Corbin, though, got Infante to ground into a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning and the D-backs rolled from there to a 9-5 victory on Monday afternoon at Marlins Park.

With the win, the D-backs captured the four-game series, their first series win since taking two of three from the Padres from April 10-12.

"He threw pretty good," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "If you throw pretty good and you face the Marlins right now, that's a good opportunity to make a debut, a great opportunity to look good."

Corbin, who was called up from Double-A Mobile to take Josh Collmenter's spot in the rotation, allowed three runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win.

"I think it was big," D-backs catcher Henry Blanco said of the first-inning double play. "I think everything settled down after that. I mean, that's what it takes -- get out of the first inning so he can get comfortable and start doing his thing."

Corbin arrived in Miami on Sunday, but because he was not on the roster until Monday morning, he had to watch Sunday's game from the seats behind home plate with general manager Kevin Towers.

It proved to be a valuable experience for him.

"I think yesterday helped a lot, just seeing the game happen. That was kind of big," Corbin said. "Seeing a big league game and knowing that coming into [today], I think helped relax me a little bit."

Arizona's offense also helped him settle in by scoring a pair of runs in the second and five in the fourth off Marlins starter Mark Buehrle (1-3). Corbin loaded the bases against Buehrle when he legged out a bunt that was misplayed for an error. Willie Bloomquist followed with a two-run double, and after a Ryan Roberts sacrifice fly, Justin Upton capped the inning a two-run homer.

"A guy like Buehrle is a guy you've got to jump on early, because once he gets in his kind of rhythm and tempo and kind of puts it on cruise control, that's what makes him so tough," D-backs closer J.J. Putz said. "We were able to jump on him early and keep piling on and piling on. It was a good sign."

After getting out of that first-inning jam, Corbin did not allow a hit until the fifth, when John Buck led off the frame with a single and pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy followed with a home run.

In the sixth, Corbin seemed to tire as he allowed a run before being lifted with two outs in the inning.

While nerves probably factored into the first-inning jam, fatigue was an issue in the sixth.

"I think he was probably very excited," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He seemed to be. The ball was probably elevated a little more than he'd like it early. But he kept his composure and made pitches. He got tired at the end, but that's part of it."

To his teammates, Corbin seemed calm.

"I don't think he was scared of anything today," Blanco said. "I don't think he was nervous at all. The way he threw the ball and got inside on hitters, I don't think it was any problem for him."

Corbin, though, admitted he did have some butterflies working in his stomach.

"Yeah, probably a little bit," he said. "I didn't want to say it, but definitely very excited. After that first pitch, I was ready to go and get after it, and it felt great to be out there."

After a disappointing 3-7 homestand, the D-backs kicked off the 10-game road trip with a 3-1 mark in Miami, and they still have stops left in Washington and New York.

"Winning a series on the road is always big," Putz said. "We got some great starting pitching throughout this series and some big hits." Comments