WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Corbin struck out 11 in eight strong innings and Victor Robles homered to help the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 5-1 on Wednesday night.
Anthony Rendon had three hits for Washington (17-25), which had lost seven of 10. He had two doubles and a single, scored twice and drove in a run.
Corbin (4-1) allowed one run and four hits to win his second consecutive start. Signed to a $140 million contract as a free agent last offseason, the left-hander has given up one run over 15 innings in his past two outings. He was facing the Mets for the third time this season following two no-decisions.
Corbin retired 15 of 16 batters from the third into the eighth inning.
Wilmer Font (1-1) didn’t make it through the third in his second start for New York after being acquired from Tampa Bay on May 6. He gave up five runs and six hits — including a homer and three long doubles — in 2 1/3 innings.
Font was 1-0 with the Rays this season.
J.D. Davis had an RBI double for the Mets, who had won three straight.
Washington scored three runs in the first and two more in the third, with Font departing after Howie Kendrick’s RBI double made it 5-1.
New York had only two baserunners after the third inning.
Right-hander Jimmy Cordero, designated for assignment by the Nationals last week, was claimed off waivers by Toronto. He had been pitching at Triple-A Fresno.
Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (left hamstring tightness) threw an extended bullpen Tuesday. He is eligible to come off the injured list Thursday. “We want Vargas to be the best version of himself when he comes back, so we’re going to sit down and try to come up with a game plan to get him to that point, whether it’s a rehab outing or just getting activated up here,” manager Mickey Callaway said. ... LHP Steven Matz (forearm) threw a bullpen, one day after playing catch.
Nationals: SS Trea Turner, out since April 3 with a broken finger, played his second rehab game at Class A Potomac. He played the entire game at shortstop Tuesday and went 1 for 4. . RHP Trevor Rosenthal (viral infection) said he will pitch Friday and Saturday at Double-A Harrisburg.
Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (3-2, 4.35 ERA) starts the finale of the three-game series. He is 4-9 with a 5.01 ERA in 15 career starts against Washington.
Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-6, 5.27) tries to avoid joining Jason Marquis (2010) as the only starting pitchers in Nationals history (2005-present) to open a season 0-7.
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