Patrick Corbin pitches Washington Nationals past Philadelphia Phillies

May 13, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) scores a run ahead of the tag of Washington Nationals catcher Yan Gomes (10) in the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Corbin pitched seven strong innings and the Washington Nationals defeated the visiting Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 on Thursday to salvage the finale of the three-game series.

Kyle Schwarber and Josh Bell each hit two-run first-inning homers for Washington, which had lost four straight.

Washington’s Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Corbin (2-3), who began the season 0-2 with a 21.32 earned run average, allowed a run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out nine without a walk, throwing 102 pitches. Over his past three starts Corbin has lowered his ERA from 10.47 to 6.19.

Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin (2-2) gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out nine over six innings.

Andrew McCutchen led off the game with a double and, with one out, Bryce Harper singled him to third. With two outs, the Phillies executed a double steal with McCutchen scoring to make it 1-0.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez held a team meeting after Wednesday’s 5-2 10-inning loss and the effects were immediate.

Josh Harrison reached on a single with one out in the bottom of the first and, after Juan Soto grounded into a force play, Schwarber homered to left on a 1-0 curveball to make 2-0. Castro followed with a walk and Bell sent a first-pitch slider into the second deck in right-center.

Washington made it 5-1 in the sixth when Soto and Schwarber singled and Castro picked up his second hit of the day, a double just inside third base that scored Soto.

The first two Phillies reached base in the eighth via a Brad Miller double and a McCutchen walk, but Tanner Rainey got Jean Segura to fly out and Daniel Hudson came on to strike out Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins on a ground out.

Austin Voth pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

–Field Level Media