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Patrick Corbin returns from Tommy John surgery, wins as D-backs top Rockies

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Corbin, D-backs win third straight

Patrick Corbin makes his first start since 2013 after undergoing Tommy John Surgery and collects the victory in the Diamondbacks' 7-3 win over the Rockies.

PHOENIX -- Patrick Corbin threw five solid innings to get the win in his return from Tommy John surgery 15 months ago and the Arizona Diamondbacks made it three straight over the Colorado Rockies with a 7-3 victory Saturday night.

The 25-year-old left-hander, who underwent surgery on March 25, 2014, allowed two runs, scattered eight hits, struck out three and walked none. Making his first start since Sept. 27, 2013, Corbin threw 76 pitches, 56 for strikes.

A.J. Pollock doubled in two runs off Colorado's David Hale (2-4) to break a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning. Three consecutive bunts and a Rockies error led to three Arizona runs in the eighth.

Charlie Blackmon had an RBI double and D.J. LeMahieu a run-scoring single for the Rockies, who have lost four straight overall and seven of their last eight.

Hale, 0-4 in his last five starts, went five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, and five hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

The third straight bunt in the eighth, by pinch-hitter Cliff Pennington, scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia from third base. First baseman Wilin Rosario fielded the ball and, seeing he couldn't get the runner at home, spun and threw to an empty first base. The ball sailed away and a second run scored.

Arizona botched a suicide squeeze attempt in the fifth when Nick Ahmed's bunt bounced right to Hale, who threw to catcher Nick Hundley to easily get Saltalamacchia in a rundown. Corbin's bunt advanced the runners, then Pollock's two-out double down the left field line brought both home.

Rosario's bases-loaded bouncer over pitcher Daniel Hudson's head for a fielder's choice scored a run to cut it to 4-3 in the eighth before Drew Stubbs' fielder's choice grounder ended the inning.

Leading off the game, Pollock reached on third baseman Nolan Arenado's third fielding error of the series, then David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt walked. Yasmany Tomas bounced one to shortstop but Goldschmidt slid hard into the legs of the second baseman LeMahieu to break up a potential double play as Pollock scored an unearned run. Jake Lamb followed with an RBI single.

Colorado tied it with two runs in the third.

Troy Tulowitzki doubled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.

The crowd of 42,113 was considered a sellout because some seats were kept empty so fans could move to see the postgame fireworks.

TRAINER"S ROOM:

Rockies: Closer John Axford was activated from the family emergency medical leave list.

Diamondbacks: Arizona activated C Oscar Hernandez from the 60-day DL. The 22-year-old has been out all season with a broken hand.

UP NEXT

Rockies: In a battle of De La Rosa's, Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa (5-3, 4.59 ERA) tries to keep up the momentum of a successful June, when he was 4-1 with a 3.16 ERA.

Diamondbacks: Rubby De La Rosa (4-3, 4.60) looks to complete the four-game sweep. It will be the 12th time that Arizona has tried to reach .500 since it was 8-8 on April 24. The Diamondbacks have lost the other 11.