MIAMI (AP) -
As soon as Patrick Corbin threw his first major-league pitch Monday, his nerves began to settle. The final pitch of the first inning made him feel even better.
Corbin escaped a bases-loaded jam in the opening inning and went 5 2-3 innings to win his major league debut by helping the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the slumping Miami Marlins 9-5.
"He did a great job for a young kid to come in that situation," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He was very excited. The ball was elevated a little more than he wanted to early, but he kept his composure and made his pitches."
The 22-year-old Corbin, who was called up from Double-A Mobile, struck out six and allowed three runs. With 15 friends and relatives in attendance, mostly from his native New York, the left-hander said he was a bit nervous at the start but calmed down quickly.
"After the first pitch, I was ready to go and get after it," he said. "It felt great being out there."
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