Patrick Corbin Ks 11, Victor Robles homers as Nationals beat Mets 5-1
Outfielder Jeff McNeil of the Mets swung helplessly at strike three, then slammed the head of his bat into the dirt around home plate.
Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin had that kind of sway on New York hitters Wednesday, and for a rare night the home team looked competent in a 5-1 victory over the Mets. Washington manager Dave Martinez called it a “crispy” game one of the most complete in a frustrating season.
Corbin, with a biting slider and solid control, allowed just one run on four hits in eight innings as he improved to 4-1 this season and lowered his ERA to 2.91. He struck out 11 Mets equaling his best showing of the season.
“The break is so late,” Martinez said of the Corbin slider. “That is what makes it so effective.”
“He was getting outs when he needed them,” Washington first baseman Howie Kendrick said of Corbin. “He knows how to pitch.”
The Nationals (17-25) won for just the eighth time in 20 games at home and improved to 8-16 in night games. Corbin now has 315 strikeouts in the past two seasons, the most of any MLB lefty.
Third baseman Anthony Rendon was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Outfielder Victor Robles had two hits and has homered in the past two games for the first time in his career, while Kendrick had two hits and drove in two runs.
“It is a big series for us,” outfielder Adam Eaton said. “Hopefully it is contagious.”
“It was great for tonight (but) we have to do it consistently,” Kendrick said.
Washington closer Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth in a non-save situation and got three straight outs.
“Just a fun, crispy day,” Martinez said.
The Nationals are still 8-15 since April 19 and have not won a series since April 16-18 at home with San Francisco. Washington began the day eight games back of first-place Philadelphia in the National League East. They will go for the series win Thursday afternoon against the Mets.
Washington hitters began the night with 408 strikeouts this season, second-most in the National League. The team ERA was 4.81 13th out of 15 teams in the league.
Some help could be on the way.
Opening Day shortstop Trea Turner (finger) played in his second minor league rehab game Wednesday night with Single-A Potomac. He is slated to play there Thursday and will be evaluated after that, according to general manager Mike Rizzo.
First baseman Ryan Zimmerman, another starter on Opening Day, took grounders during batting practice Wednesday. Zimmerman has been out with plantar fasciitis in his right foot since April 28.
The Nationals end the three-game series Thursday at 1:05 p.m. with Anibal Sanchez (0-6, 5.27) of Washington facing Zack Wheeler (3-2, 4.35) of the Mets.