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Corbin wins 9th, leads Diamondbacks over Cubs 8-4

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CHICAGO (AP) -- While Edwin Jackson continues to struggle on the mound for the Cubs, his teammates didn't do him any favors.
 
   Patrick Corbin became the major leagues' first nine-game winner, laboring through six innings Sunday in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 8-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
 
   Jackson (1-8) gave up seven runs -- five earned -- a season-high 12 hits, three walks and four wild pitches in 5 2-3 innings.
 
   Scott Hairston hit his 100th career homer as the Cubs lost their second straight after a season-high five-game winning streak.
 
   Arizona loaded the bases in the second when, with two men on, center fielder Julio Borbon took his eyes off of Corbin's routine fly ball to center and dropped the ball for an error.
 
   "There were some circumstances involved in today's outing," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. I think dropping a routine fly ball kind of got things set in the wrong direction," Sveum said. "Those kind of things change outings. They change the course of a ballgame. He actually ended up an out away from having a pretty nice ballgame."
 
   But Jackson downplayed the error.
 
   "Errors are part of the game," Jackson said. "As a pitcher, errors are going to happen. We have to be able to pick up our defenders."
 
   Gerardo Parra followed with a two-run single, and Jackson's wild pitch allowed Corbin to score for a 3-1 lead.
 
   Corbin (9-0) allowed four runs and six hits, tying the team record for consecutive wins at the start of the season, set by Brandon Webb in 2008. The Diamondbacks are 11-0 in his starts.
 
   "Actually the whole game he didn't have good stuff. His slider wasn't there, his fastball was cutting and we used his changeup more today. But he kept us in the game," said catcher Wil Nieves.
 
   He hit two batters and walked two in a 33-pitch first inning, when he walked Dioner Navarro with the bases loaded. Corbin minimized the damaged by retiring Cody Ransom on an inning-ending flyout to the warning track in center.
 
   Brad Ziegler, David Hernandez and Heath Bell combined for hitless relief.
 
   Nieves had three hits and two RBIs for Arizona.
 
   Jackson's RBI single cut the deficit in the fourth, but Nieves' two-out RBI single boosted the lead to 4-2 in the fifth.
 
   Hairston's fifth homer this season, a two-run drive, tied the score in the bottom half.
 
   Jackson allowed three straight singles with two outs in the sixth, when Paul Goldschmidt drove in the go-ahead run. After an intentional walk to Jason Kubel loaded the bases, Cody Ross lined a two-run single for a 7-4 lead.
 
   "Nice two-out rally in the sixth inning," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We got all those runs with two outs. Good at-bats."
 
   Jackson is 1-7 with a 7.87 ERA in nine career starts at Wrigley Field.
 
   "On a day our team did a great job of coming back. They did a great job of battling against one of the best pitchers in the game right now, I did a terrible job of holding that game close enough for us to come back and win it with two quick outs in the sixth inning," Jackson said.
 
   Struggling Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, who was booed, allowed three walks and an RBI single to Nieves in the eighth.
 
   "If the offense scores eight runs a game, I should win every time," Corbin said.
 
   NOTES: Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija accused Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams of staring him down Saturday night. Gibson was irked. "He didn't get the win did he?" Gibson said. "Maybe next time he should just shut ... up and pitch." ... Marmol has walked six in his last 1 1-3 innings. ... Goldschmidt finished with two hits and three runs.

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