By Sam Bush
Patrick Corbin gave the game away last night for the Nats.
To be precise, he walked it away.
Harrison Bader homered to spark a six-run fifth as the surging Cardinals rallied past Corbin and the Nationals 6-3.
Marcell Ozuna put the Cardinals ahead 4-3 with a two-run single. Jose Martinez had an RBI double and Yadier Molina added a run-scoring single off Corbin, who took a 3-0 lead into the fifth.
St. Louis has won three straight and eight of nine.
After yielding only one hit through the first four innings, Corbin (2-1) let the Cardinals bat around in the fifth. He gave up six runs — five with two outs — in his first loss since joining the Nationals as a $140 million free agent from Arizona.
“I put myself in trouble with those couple of walks there in that inning and it kind of just led to a big inning for them,” Corbin said.
Coming into the game, the left-hander had walked just six in 32 2/3 innings this season. But he issued four free passes against the Cardinals, two in the fifth inning.
Following Bader’s solo homer, Corbin got Wacha to ground out but then allowed the next six batters to reach. Matt Carpenter walked and later scored on a wild pitch to Ozuna.
“Guys bounced back and scored a big six spot for us there, and the bullpen came in and shut the door like they’ve been doing,” Wacha said. “This was a good team win.”
Molina’s single extended his hitting streak to 16 games, tying a career high.
Washington took a 3-0 lead in the second on a bases-loaded walk to Corbin and a two-run single by Adam Eaton.