MILWAUKEE — Patrick Corbin broke out of his slump by pitching three-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Friday night.
Corbin (7-12) struck out seven, walked nobody and held the Brewers scoreless until allowing a homer to Avisaíl García on his 92nd and final pitch with one out in the seventh. Corbin entered the night with a 6.04 ERA and had allowed at least four earned runs in his last six starts.
Lane Thomas went 2 for 4 and hit a two-run triple for the Nationals. Kyle Finnegan worked a scoreless ninth for his fifth save in six opportunities.
García’s homer was his third in three games and increased his season total to 24. He hit two homers Wednesday in the Brewers’ 6-4, 10-inning victory at St. Louis.
His solo shot Friday was one of just three hits the Brewers accumulated all night.
The Nationals broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Thomas knocked home two runs with a two-out triple to right off Brett Anderson (4-7). Thomas had entered the night with a .135 batting average and only one RBI in 35 games.
Anderson allowed three runs, five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out three. He left after walking two of the three batters he faced in the sixth inning.
The Nationals extended the lead to 3-0 on Riley Adams’ two-out single to left off reliever Hunter Strickland. Juan Soto scored from second by sliding home just ahead of Jace Peterson’s throw.
Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain drew a leadoff walk to send the tying run to the plate in the eighth, but Andres Machado came out of the bullpen and got Christian Yelich to ground into a double play and Omar Narváez to ground out as well.
The Nationals completed the scoring when Josh Bell drew a bases-loaded walk from Jake Cousins in the ninth.
Talk show host Stephen Colbert addressed the crowd while wearing a Brewers jersey as part of an appearance at American Family Field to apologize for comments he had made a year ago.
When the pandemic caused last year’s scheduled Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee to turn virtual, Colbert did a segment on his show featuring his own “virtual tour” of Milwaukee that some local residents found insulting.
The Brewers responded via Twitter by inviting Colbert to a tailgate in Milwaukee. Colbert later apologized to the city and accepted the Brewers’ invitation as long as he got to participate in a sausage race.
Brewers OF Tyrone Taylor left after four innings with right oblique discomfort. Brewers RHP Jandel Gustave, who has been on the COVID-19 injured list since July 31, is expected to begin a rehabilitation assignment next week.
The Nationals start RHP Paolo Espino (3-4, 4.16 ERA) and the Brewers turn to LHP Eric Lauer (4-4, 3.44) as this three-game series continues Saturday afternoon.
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