Patrick Corbin pitched a four-hit shutout, Yan Gomes hit a three-run double in the fourth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 5-0 on Saturday.
Corbin (5-2) faced the minimum through five innings while allowing two singles. The left-hander retired 10 straight batters from the end of the second until allowing a leadoff single in the sixth to Miguel Rojas. He struck out five and walked one, needing 116 pitches to get through nine innings.
Corbin last pitched a complete game on April 17, 2018 while with Arizona.
Gomes’ three-run double to right field capped a five-run fourth inning for the Nationals, who have taken the first two of the four-game series against Miami. Washington has yet to win three straight games this season.
Juan Soto’s RBI single to right-center field scored Anthony Rendon and gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Soto scored two batters later on a throwing error by Brian Anderson to put the Nationals up 2-0. Soto later singled in the fifth and has a nine-game hitting streak.
Miami starter Sandy Alcantara (2-5) surrendered five runs — four earned — on six hits while striking out two in five innings. All of the runs and four of the hits came in the decisive fourth inning.
Harold Ramirez had two of Miami’s four hits on a single in the second and a double in the eighth and was the only Miami player to get into scoring position.
Nationals: Called up RHP James Bourque from Double-A Harrisburg and optioned RHP Joe Ross — who allowed three earned runs on Friday and has a 9.22 ERA — to Triple-A Fresno. This is Bourque’s first time on a major league roster . Recalled outfielder Andrew Stevenson (back spasms) from a rehab assignment and optioned him to Triple-A Fresno . RHP Anibal Sanchez (left hamstring strain) felt good after throwing a simulated game Friday and is expected to throw a bullpen session Sunday and then make a rehab start Wednesday.
Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (3-1, 2.38) has at least six strikeouts in all nine starts — a Marlins club record to open a season. Smith earned the win against the Nationals on April 19 after allowing one run on five and striking out eight in six innings.
Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (0-0, 2.87 ERA) makes his second start of the season in place of Sanchez. Fedde pitched a season-high five innings in his previous start on May 21 against the Mets while allowing one run on four hits.