- - Wednesday, August 21, 2019

PITTSBURGH — After a rare night off, the Nationals’ hitting frenzy returned again to PNC Park on Wednesday night.

Washington pounced for six runs in the third inning and lefty pitcher Patrick Corbin took it from there by allowing no runs in eight innings as the Nationals won, 11-1. Washington has tallied at least seven runs in seven of their last 11 games after every starter scored a run Wednesday.

The Nationals (69-57) began the night six games back of the first-place Atlanta Braves in the National League East. Washington still holds a wild card spot after winning for the eighth time in nine games and improving to 12-6 in August.

The Pirates (52-74), who won 4-1 Tuesday, are 5-13 this month and fading faster than old blue jeans.

Adam Eaton had an RBI double, Anthony Rendon drove in two with a single and Asdrubal Cabrera crushed a three-run homer to center during the outburst against Pittsburgh starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (8-12) in the third.

Eaton began the night batting .356 in his past 15 games, while Rendon reached the 100 RBI mark for the second time in his career. Rendon began the day batting .336 in his previous 30 games.

Cabrera has eight RBI in the first three games of the series.

Nationals catcher Yan Gomes smashed a two-run double in the eighth and Corbin drove in a run with a double off Pittsburgh reliever Parker Markel for a 9-0 lead.

Batting for Corbin, pinch hitter Adrian Sanchez drove in a run with a single in the ninth to make it 10-0.

On defense, Juan Soto robbed the Pirates’ Jose Osuna of a homer with a catch in left in the fourth.

Not that Corbin (10-5) needed any help. The Washington starter gave up just three hits.

The New York native has allowed more than two runs in just one of his last seven starts. In his past 12 outings, he has given up more than three runs just one time and more than two on just two occasions.

Washington shortstop Trea Turner singled in the fourth and had an RBI hit in ninth. He has reached base in 28 games in a row.

The Pirates scored in the ninth off Tanner Rainey.

The series is slated to end Thursday at 7:05 p.m with Max Scherzer on tap to come off the injured list to start against the Pirates and Steven Brault. Scherzer made just two starts in July and has not pitched this month.

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