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Washington Nationals news & notes: Patrick Corbin, CJ Abrams lead Nats in 6-2 win over Pirates...

In back-to-back losses in his two previous starts, before taking on Pittsburgh’s Pirates last night in PNC Park, Patrick Corbin gave up a total of 14 runs on 17 hits, walking two batters, striking out seven, and posting a .425/.444/.800 line against in nine innings.

Eight of the 14 runs came in his four-inning, 83-pitch outing against the NY Mets last week in D.C., which saw the southpaw surrender three home runs.

“Up, balls were up,” Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez said of Corbin struggling in the start. “All the balls they hit out were up. He’s got to get the ball down.