Two of the game's hottest pitchers are lined up to duel in the desert on Sunday at Chase Field, as Arizona's Patrick Corbin takes his perfect record to the hill against the Padres and right-hander Jason Marquis.
The D-backs lefty has been unstoppable this season, sporting a 7-0 record and 1.44 ERA through nine starts and is one of five undefeated starters remaining in the Majors. The 23-year-old also has opened the season with a club-record nine straight starts in which he's allowed two or fewer runs while going at least six innings -- the longest such streak in the Majors since then-Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimenez began 2010 with 12.
And as everyone waits for Corbin to cool off, he's actually coming off his first career complete game, a one-run gem against the Rockies at Coors Field.
"He just dominated," D-backs catcher Miguel Montero said. "He mixed his [velocity], mixing in and out, keeping them off-balance. They really didn't know what to look for because he was throwing everything for a strike."
For as good as Corbin's been, Marquis is amid one the best stretches of his 14-year career. The righty has won five straight starts for the second-longest winning streak of his career and has posted a 2.27 ERA with 17 strikeouts in that span.
His last outing came Monday against the Cardinals, whom he held to two runs (one earned) on three hits in six innings.
"I felt I had a lot of my pitches working tonight," Marquis said after the win. "From the second on, I felt pretty good. I felt I had good command of my sinker and that it had good depth to it. All in all, I felt like I did what I wanted to do. And once again, the defense did a great job."
Marquis' five-game run is tied with the Mets' Matt Harvey and the Cardinals' Lance Lynn for the second-longest winning streak behind Corbin, and the veteran Padres pitcher is looking to become the first San Diego starter to win six consecutive starts since Andy Benes in 1991.
Padres: Trying to put it together
San Diego's 10-4 win on Saturday night snapped a three-game losing streak. The Padres have experienced a bit of a roller-coaster season, as they continue to try stringing together games where they play well in all facets.
"We could never connect those phases of the game. If we didn't pitch, we didn't score enough," Padres manager Bud Black said. "In those games, we did pitch well, the offense wasn't there. After about 20 games or so we started to smooth out the starting pitching and we started getting better efforts. Our offense picked up and we had more consistent play in all areas."
• Second baseman Jedd Gyorko has five homers this month, tying the club's rookie record for most homers in May.
• Padres catchers have caught four consecutive attempted base stealers and seven of their last nine.
D-backs: Extra! Extra!
The D-backs have knocked at least one extra-base hit in 33 straight games, the third-longest active streak in the Majors.
• Outfielder A.J. Pollock is batting .405 with six multi-hit games in his last 10 outings against National League West opponents.
• Arizona is batting .293 with 16 RBIs with runners in scoring position in its past five games.
• Corbin faced the D-backs on May 4, tossing seven innings of one-run ball while striking out seven.
• Only five Padres pitchers have won six or more consecutive starts: Andy Hawkins (10, 1985), LaMarr Hoyt (eight, 1985), Eric Rasmussen (seven, 1978), Gaylord Perry (six, 1978) and Benes.
• Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, who came up with the D-backs, is hitting .292 with 25 doubles and nine home runs in 81 career games at Chase Field.