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Sunday, May 26th (All times Eastern)

San Diego Padres (22-26) at Arizona Diamondbacks (27-22), 4:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Jason Marquis (6-2, 3.27) Arizona - Patrick Corbin (7-0, 1.44)

(Sports Network) - Two of the National League's top pitchers through the early part of the season are set to square off, as the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks close out their three-game set on Sunday afternoon.

Journeyman right-hander Jason Marquis has been a pleasant surprise for the Padres, as he sits with a 6-2 record and a 3.27 ERA, and he's pitched especially well in recent weeks.

Marquis has won five consecutive starts, the first time he's accomplished that feat since 2007 as a member of the Chicago Cubs. He most recently took down St. Louis on May 20, allowing just one earned run in six innings of work.

"He's a guy that continues to make pitches when he needs to," San Diego manager Bud Black said of Marquis. "He knows how to navigate his way through a major league game. He gets on some nice rolls where he retires some hitters and makes it look easy."

Marquis' counterpart on Sunday will be Patrick Corbin, who's one of the few hurlers who've outperformed him of late. Corbin has also won five straight starts to climb to a perfect 7-0 with a minuscule ERA of 1.44.

Corbin's latest outing was the most dominant of his young career, pitching a complete game, three-hitter against Colorado on May 20, allowing one earned run while striking out 10.

The 23-year old southpaw became the first Diamondback lefty to start a season 7-0 since Randy Johnson in 2000. He also set a franchise record by recording his ninth straight start of at least six innings while allowing two runs or fewer.

Corbin dismissed the Padres on May 4, striking out seven in seven innings in an 8-1 victory.

San Diego managed to pull the weekend series even on Saturday night by coming away with a convincing 10-4 win.

The Padres trailed the Diamondbacks heading into the fourth inning, 4-2, but they exploded for a five-run fourth to pull ahead, and they distanced themselves from Arizona for good with two more runs in the fifth.

Everth Cabrera was 3-for-5 with a homer and career-high four RBI, and he also swiped his major league-leading 19th stolen base of the season. Kyle Blanks and Nick Hundley also registered multi-hit games, while Yonder Alonso drove in a pair of runs.

"He's locked in both offensively and defensively. He's playing loose and inspired," Black said of Cabrera.

Andrew Cashner (4-2) wasn't at his best - he surrendered nine hits and four earned runs in six innings - but he was good enough to earn the victory. The righty has now won three straight decisions.

The disappointing season for Wade Miley (3-4) continued, as he gave up seven earned runs in less than four innings of work, upping his ERA to 4.53 in the process.

"Just get after it again and move on," Miley said of his struggles.

Eric Chavez belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and later plated another runner with a sacrifice fly. Martin Prado and Gerardo Parra each had three hits, although neither managed an extra-base hit.

San Diego took two of three games versus Arizona at home from May 3-5 and have won 12 of the last 17 meetings.

05/26 10:22:52 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CHI 4
CAR 1
 
Final
SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
Final
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
Final
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
Final
PHI 103
TOR 114
Final
BRK 110
GSW 108
Final
MIA 115
PHO 98
 
4th
MIN 105
LAC 108
 
4th
DAL 89
NOP 79
 
Final
TEX 61
BAY 59
Final
SYR 47
UVA 59
Final
SHSU 76
CARK 49
 
Final
NWST 92
SELA 79
 
Final
NCAT 67
COOK 50
 
Final
HOW 61
NORST 59
 
Final
DELST 85
HAMP 75
 
Final
STEPH 83
INCWORD 62
 
Final
MCNST 70
LAM 69
 
Final
NO 79
NICST 89
 
Final
SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
2nd
ALAAM 68
TXSOU 73
 
2nd
VT 46
BC 57
 
2nd
MVSU 55
GRAM 52
 
2nd
ISU 47
OKLA 48
 
2nd
ALAST 46
PVU 52
 
Half
ARKPB 39
JST 30
 
Final
NYR 4
NAS 1
3rd
CHI 4
CAR 1
 
1st
SJS 1
MON 0