Corbin Ks 11, Robles homers as Nationals beat Mets 5-1

Wilmer Font
New York Mets starting pitcher Wilmer Font throws to the Washington Nationals in the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Michael Conforto, Yan Gomes
New York Mets’ Michael Conforto, left, walks off the field past Washington Nationals catcher Yan Gomes after striking out swinging in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. Washington won 5-1. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Juan Soto, Victor Robles, Adam Eaton
Washington Nationals outfielders Juan Soto, from left, Victor Robles and Adam Eaton celebrate after a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. Washington won 5-1. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Sean Doolittle, Yan Gomes
Washington Nationals catcher Yan Gomes, left, and relief pitcher Sean Doolittle celebrate after closing out a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. Washington won 5-1. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Adam Eaton, Juan Soto
Washington Nationals’ Adam Eaton, right, celebrates with teammate Juan Soto after scoring on a ground rule double that was hit by Anthony Rendon in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Anthony Rendon, Wilson Ramos, Cory Blaser
Washington Nationals’ Anthony Rendon, right, hits a ground rule double in front of New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos and home plate umpire Cory Blaser in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. Adam Eaton scored on the play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Patrick Corbin
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin follows through on a pitch to the New York Mets in the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
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Wilmer Font
Michael Conforto, Yan Gomes
Juan Soto, Victor Robles, Adam Eaton
Sean Doolittle, Yan Gomes
Adam Eaton, Juan Soto
Anthony Rendon, Wilson Ramos, Cory Blaser
Patrick Corbin

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in a week, Patrick Corbin righted the ship for the Washington Nationals.

Corbin struck out 11 in eight strong innings and Victor Robles homered to help the Nationals top the New York Mets 5-1 on Wednesday night.

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 in the offseason, the left-hander also beat the Los Angeles Dodgers last Thursday and has given up one run over his past 15 innings.

“You always want to be that guy to take the ball and go out there and compete,” Corbin said. “Just trying to put up as many zeros as I can and keep us in the game. They did a great job putting up five runs today.”

Corbin, facing the Mets for the third time this season following two no-decisions, retired 15 of 16 batters from the third into the eighth inning, often making New York hitters flail at sliders that ended up out of the strike zone.

“He’s able to throw that slider for strike-to-ball, and it’s hard to lay off it,” Mets manager Mickey Calloway said. “It’s one of the best pitches in the major leagues. He had good fastball command as well. He was kind of dotting that where he wanted to.”

The Nationals are 6-3 in games Corbin has started. His past two wins have ended four- and two-game skids, respectively.

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.

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.

“Tonight was a really big night for us, especially with a lot of the young guys making the strides that they did, having good at-bats,” Kendrick said.

CANO’S WOES

Mets second baseman Robinson Canó (0 for 4 with three strikeouts) is hitting .191 (9 for 47) in May with no homers and one RBI.

CORDERO CLAIMED

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.

TRAINER’S ROOM

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,” 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 and went 0 for 4 with a walk and a throwing error. . RHP Trevor Rosenthal (viral infection) said he will pitch Friday and Saturday at Double-A Harrisburg.

UP NEXT

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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