Over the first two months of the 2013 season, all Patrick Corbin did was win games.
But after earning his ninth victory with a record pace, the young left-hander's winning ways came to a halt. Not because he hasn't pitched well. He has just been on the wrong side of some bad luck.
For the sixth time since June 2, Corbin will take the mound Tuesday with a 9-0 record, looking to become the first pitcher in D-backs history to win his first 10 decisions in a season.
In two of his previous three starts, Corbin exited with a lead, only to see his bullpen give it up. His last time out, the lefty allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings against the Nationals. The D-backs won the game in extra innings, but Corbin remained stuck with a nine in the win column.
"Well, we won today," Corbin said after the game. "Obviously I'd like to get a win, but if the team wins, that's what I want. I just want to kind of keep us in the ballgame."
Corbin has surrendered more than two runs in just two of his 16 outings this year.
Opposing the young star for the Mets will be Jeremy Hefner. He has delivered 10 quality starts in 15 outings, but New York is just 4-11 when he's on the mound. A major part of that is his run support as he receives an average of just 2.2 runs per start.
After posting a 4.34 ERA in April and a 5.14 ERA in May, Hefner was stellar in June, finishing the month with a 1.80 ERA.
Mets: Tejada continuing rehab work
Ruben Tejada is heading to Triple-A Las Vegas as he works his way back to the Major League club after suffering a right quad injury more than a month ago. Tejada played nine innings with the Gulf Coast League Mets on Monday before being transferred to the 51s -- his last stop as he tries to play his way back to New York.
When Tejada went on the DL, he was batting .209 with a .267 on-base percentage as a leadoff hitter. He had 10 extra-base hits all season and hadn't hit one in more than two weeks.
"I want him to go down there and have some success," Mets manager Terry Collins said, "so that when it's time to come back, his game's where it belongs and where he feels good about it."
D-backs: Cahill to the DL
The D-backs placed Trevor Cahill on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a right hip contusion. In the right-hander's place, Arizona promoted reliever Chaz Roe from Triple-A Reno.
Roe will provide innings out of the bullpen for now, and the team will call up another pitcher to take Cahill's spot in the rotation when it rolls around Friday.
Left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who has been pitching well at Reno, seems to be the leading candidate, but right-hander Charles Brewer is also a possibility.
"Could be, yeah," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said when asked if Skaggs would get the start. "He would be lined up. I don't think a decision has been made."
• Paul Goldschmidt matched his career-high home run total from last year when he hit his 20th of the year on Monday.
• Arizona is the only team the Mets have a winning record against on the road (28-25), yet a losing record at home (26-28).
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.