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 hit a three-run homer 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.
The only team with more wins at home than the Dodgers is the Brewers, who just swept a three-game series from the Nationals in Milwaukee. Washington dropped Los Angeles to 15-5 in its own park as the Dodgers lost at home for the first time since April 13. They were beaten 4-1 that day by the Brewers.
Dodgers starter Rich Hill (0-1) got off to a slow start in his third outing of the year after opening the season on the injured list because of a sprained knee. Adam Eaton led off the game with a double and Anthony Rendon was hit by a pitch with one out.
Kendrick ripped his sixth home run over the left field wall against Hill, who already has been taken deep five times in his three starts. Kendrick’s homer was his third over his last 12 games.
The Nationals added two more runs in the eighth against reliever Dylan Floro, as Kendrick had an RBI single and Yan Gomes drove in a run with a fielder’s choice. Rendon knocked in another run in the ninth on a fielder’s choice.
The Dodgers were shut out at home for the first time this season. It was just the second time they were held under three runs at Chavez Ravine.
Washington won the first meeting this season after going 1-5 against Los Angeles last year.
Nationals: OF Andrew Stevenson was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Tuesday, with back spasms. That opened a roster spot for veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra, who was signed to a one-year deal.
Dodgers: LHP Tony Cingrani (shoulder) will take one more step in his minor league rehab assignment and pitch in back-to-back games before he is activated. … LHP Caleb Ferguson (oblique) is expected to pitch in a rehab game this weekend for Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-5, 5.15 ERA) looks to end a four-start losing streak when he takes the mound at Dodger Stadium, where he has a 1.65 ERA in three starts.
Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (3-2, 4.66) makes his first regular-season start against the Nationals, although he did start against them in the 2016 NL Division Series, when he was the losing pitcher in Game 3.