LOS ANGELES (AP) – Patrick Corbin shut down the Los Angeles Dodgers’ powerful lineup again, pitching the Washington Nationals to a 6-0 victory Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
Corbin fired seven smooth innings and Howie Kendrick homered in the first as the Nationals ended a four-game slide and stopped the Dodgers’ 10-game home winning streak.
The left-hander entered with a 3.59 career ERA against the Dodgers, but posted a 0.77 mark in four starts last year with Arizona. In two starts at Los Angeles last season, he gave up one earned run over 10 innings with 14 strikeouts.
The Dodgers had just one legitimate scoring chance against Corbin this time, loading the bases with one out in the fourth on a single by David Freese and walks to Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager. Chris Taylor grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Freese had two of the three hits against Corbin (2-1), who walked four and struck out eight. Max Muncy struck out four times for the Dodgers and left five runners on base.
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