- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Pitching carried the Arizona Diamondbacks during a four-game winning streak that saw their starters throw 14 scoreless innings.

It didn’t take long for all that to evaporate against the Boston Red Sox.

Arizona starter Patrick Corbin gave up four runs in each of the first two innings, and the Diamondbacks never recovered from two first-inning errors as they lost 9-4 to the Red Sox on Friday night.

Hanley Ramirez had two three-run homers for six RBIs, and David Ortiz added a homer to lead the Red Sox. Ortiz finished with three hits, including his 1,000th extra-base hit with Boston.

Corbin (4-12) lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs and nine hits, including both of Ramirez’s homers.

“My pitch count got up there a little bit, made a couple of mistakes, and against this lineup you’re going to pay for it,” Corbin said.

While he gave up nine hits, Corbin said he thought his velocity was there, an opinion shared by manager Chip Hale.

“His stuff was better tonight. The results weren’t,” Hale said. “So we’ll have to evaluate what’s going on.”

The first two innings provided all the run support needed for David Price (10-8), who struck out eight in eight innings to pick up the win.

Price joined Zach Grienke as the only pitchers with 10 or more victories in each of the last eight seasons.

The Diamondbacks took a lead in the first inning on Rickie Weeks’ two-run homer over the Green Monster.

That was quickly erased in Boston’s half of the inning.

After Dustin Pedroia reached on an error and Ortiz got aboard with a single, Ramirez cleared the bases with a line drive blast over the Monster to put the Red Sox in front.

Bryan Holaday later pushed the lead to 4-2 with an RBI single to center. All the runs in the inning were unearned, thanks to the two Arizona errors.

Ramirez’s second homer, to straight away center, stretched the Red Sox’s lead to 8-2.

The Diamondbacks fell to 8-5 in their last 13 games, dropping their fourth consecutive game against the American League.

Corbin said his frustrations are starting to mount.

“Well, it’s just how the season’s been going. It’s just frustrating and you try to do everything you can to continue to do what you can control,” he said. “I’m out there trying to make pitches and pitch down and focus, but it just seems things aren’t going that way right now.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Hale said RHP Rubby De La Rosa, who has been on the DL since May 27 with right elbow inflammation, is currently not throwing after experiencing some forearm and elbow tightness. Hale said he’s had an MRI, but that the team has not received the results.

Red Sox: Pedroia left the game after the second inning with flu-like symptoms. … RHP Steven Wright (jammed right shoulder) threw at 90 feet and manager John Farrell said he’s made “substantial improvement” over the last 24 hours. A start next Thursday has not been ruled out yet. … RHP Koji Uehara (right pectoral strain) has also increased his throwing distance to 90 feet and will continue to increase the distance and volume based on tolerance.

NICE PLAYS

The Red Sox got Price out of some early trouble in the first inning thanks to nifty outfield work by Jackie Bradley, Jr. After Jean Segura led off the game with a triple, Bradley charged in to snare a short line drive by Phil Gosselin. He came up firing and threw a dart to catcher Holaday, who caught Segura leaning and quickly relayed a throw to third baseman Aaron Hill for the double play.

Later in the seventh, rookie Andrew Benintendi added to the highlight reel with a diving catch in left field to rob Michael Bourn of a hit.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley (4-7, 4.80 ERA) has posted a 2.03 ERA over his last six road starts, while surrendering just one home run and limiting opponents to a .222 batting average over that span.

Red Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-9, 5.64 ERA) gets the start as Wright continues to mend his injured shoulder. Buchholz, who will make his 14th start of the season, has shined in the bullpen allowing just one run in 8.1 innings over his last six appearances.

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