Corbin, Robles lead Nationals to 6-3 win over Rockies

DENVER (AP) Patrick Corbin didn't let an early mistake define his latest outing at Coors Field.

Corbin recovered from giving a homer in the second pitch six strong innings, Victor Robles hit a three-run double, and the Washington Nationals beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Tuesday night.

''I knew two runs wasn't going to win the game and I only gave up two early,'' Corbin said. ''I knew our offense was going to put something on the board. It's tough to keep runs off the board in this ballpark generally, so if I just minimized the damage and kept the score where it was, we'd have a good shot to be right back in it.''

Corbin (2-0) was right on that score. He gave up three runs - two earned - and five hits, and had a key base hit in Washington's four-run third inning that allowed the Nationals to gain the lead. He struck out six and walked one, coming out on top at Coors Field, where he has had some tough outings in the past. He entered with a 6.55 ERA in 11 previous games at Colorado, including 10 starts.

Sean Doolittle got the last four outs for his third save.

''Corbin was awesome again,'' Doolittle said. ''Having pitched here a bunch, I think he handled it really well. They took an early lead and then he came back out and got a single and started a rally. I thought that was pretty cool. His pitch count was getting up there but he went back out and finished that sixth inning and that was huge for us, as a bullpen and as a team. We needed a start like that to bounce back after (Monday's) loss.''

Washington scored two runs in the top of the ninth when Rockies reliever DJ Johnson walked Juan Soto with the bases loaded before hitting Howie Kendrick with a pitch.

Raimel Tapia homered for Colorado and Ryan McMahon had two hits.

Jeff Hoffman, recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to start in place of injured Kyle Freeland (finger blister), sailed though the first two innings only to run into trouble in the third. Corbin singled to lead off the third, starting a string of four straight hits capped by Robles' three-run double.

''I was under control until things got out of hand in the third,'' Hoffman said.

The hit parade prompted a mound visit from manager Bud Black, who spoke earlier in the day of the need for Hoffman to go fairly deep into the game after his bullpen saw four relievers throw six innings the night before.

''He reiterated the confidence he has in me,'' Hoffman said, when asked what Black told him. ''He told me my stuff was fine and that I had to slow down a little bit. That got me back on track.''

Hoffman (0-1) retired the next six batters he faced, though Kendrick's sacrifice fly in the third boosted the Nationals' lead to 4-2. Robles put himself in position to score on the sacrifice fly with a daring steal of third.

''I was able to pick up the sign from the catcher and read that it was going to be a breaking pitch, so I decided to go,'' Robles said through a translator. ''I got a good jump on the pitch.''

Hoffman also benefited from two exceptional plays in the field in fourth on a leaping catch at the wall by center fielder Ian Desmond that robbed Brian Dozier of at least extra bases and a tumbling catch into the stands of Yan Gomes' foul ball by left fielder Tapia.

Colorado scored an unearned in the fifth to pull within one. Charlie Blackmon scored from second base when shortstop Wilmer Difo booted Nolan Arenado's grounder deep in the hole.

The Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the second on Tapia's second home run in two nights. McMahon was aboard with a single when Tapia drove a 1-0 offering from Corbin over the center-field fence.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer threw a bullpen session Tuesday and was expected to have another light throwing session on Wednesday. He remains on pace to make his scheduled start Friday after being struck under his left arm by a foul ball last Sunday against Miami. ... INF Anthony Rendon was not in the starting lineup for a third game after being hit on his left elbow by a pitch at Miami on Saturday.

Rockies: LHP Freeland was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday as he continues working his way back from a blister on his left middle finger that landed him on the 10-day injured list.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-2, 4.91 ERA) has gone 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA in seven career starts against the Rockies.

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (2-1, 2.25 ERA) enters Wednesday's series finale with the fourth-lowest ERA in the NL

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  • W: P. Corbin (2-0)L: J. Hoffman (0-1)S: S. Doolittle (3)
  • HR: COL - R. Tapia (3)
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J. Soto LF40110122.241.381.418.7992.0
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R. Zimmerman 1B30100110.227.325.409.7341.5
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  • a-struck out for Corbin in the 7th
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C. Blackmon RF41100010.280.330.450.7801.5
T. Story SS30100110.283.350.467.8172.5
N. Arenado 3B40000002.269.324.462.7860.0
M. Reynolds 1B40000033.208.344.417.761-1.5
R. McMahon 2B41200011.250.345.417.7622.5
I. Desmond CF40100001.177.205.291.4961.0
R. Tapia LF41121012.264.304.566.8706.5
D. Butera C40000010.167.167.250.417-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Shaw in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Robles (7), M. Adams (4)
  • 3B - A. Eaton
  • SF - H. Kendrick (3)
  • RBI - V. Robles 3 (10), J. Soto (15), H. Kendrick 2 (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Soto (5), H. Kendrick (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Robles, J. Soto, H. Kendrick, S. Doolittle 3 (3), Y. Gomes, B. Dozier
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Story (2)
  • HR - R. Tapia (3)
  • RBI - R. Tapia 2 (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Tapia 2 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Reynolds 2 (2), R. McMahon, R. Tapia 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - V. Robles 2 (5)
FIELDING
  • E - W. Difo
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Corbin (W, 2-0)6.05321612.480.9223.0
J. Ross (H, 1)0.10000005.790.860.0
T. Sipp (H, 5)0.20000109.531.590.5
W. Suero (H, 2)0.21000105.401.00-0.5
S. Doolittle (S, 3)1.10000300.791.2411.5
PITCHERSIP
P. Corbin (W, 2-0)6.0
J. Ross (H, 1)0.1
T. Sipp (H, 5)0.2
W. Suero (H, 2)0.2
S. Doolittle (S, 3)1.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hoffman (L, 0-1)5.06440607.201.203.0
B. Shaw2.02000101.291.144.5
C. Estevez1.00112205.401.201.0
M. Dunn0.12110007.111.89-3.0
D. Johnson0.20001205.791.930.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Hoffman (L, 0-1)5.0
B. Shaw2.0
C. Estevez1.0
M. Dunn0.1
D. Johnson0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Corbin 103-66, J. Ross 3-2, T. Sipp 6-4, W. Suero 8-7, S. Doolittle 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Corbin 6-7, J. Ross 1-0, T. Sipp 1-0, W. Suero 1-0, S. Doolittle 1-0
  • Batters Faced - P. Corbin 25, J. Ross, T. Sipp 2, W. Suero 3, S. Doolittle 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - D. Johnson
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hoffman 85-58, B. Shaw 28-13, C. Estevez 28-12, M. Dunn 12-8, D. Johnson 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hoffman 4-5, B. Shaw 2-3, M. Dunn 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Hoffman 21, B. Shaw 8, C. Estevez 5, M. Dunn 3, D. Johnson 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Soto LF40110122.241.381.418.7992.0
H. Kendrick 3B30020011.353.432.7061.1382.5
R. Zimmerman 1B30100110.227.325.409.7341.5
S. Doolittle P10000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
Y. Gomes C40000012.216.286.314.599-0.5
B. Dozier 2B30000111.179.267.373.6400.5
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M. Adams 1B11100000.250.242.563.8053.0
W. Difo SS42200000.242.306.364.6694.0
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  • a-struck out for Corbin in the 7th
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C. Blackmon RF41100010.280.330.450.7801.5
T. Story SS30100110.283.350.467.8172.5
N. Arenado 3B40000002.269.324.462.7860.0
M. Reynolds 1B40000033.208.344.417.761-1.5
R. McMahon 2B41200011.250.345.417.7622.5
I. Desmond CF40100001.177.205.291.4961.0
R. Tapia LF41121012.264.304.566.8706.5
D. Butera C40000010.167.167.250.417-0.5
J. Hoffman P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
B. Shaw P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Dahl PH10000010.339.387.571.959-0.5
C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Shaw in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Robles (7), M. Adams (4)
  • 3B - A. Eaton
  • SF - H. Kendrick (3)
  • RBI - V. Robles 3 (10), J. Soto (15), H. Kendrick 2 (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Soto (5), H. Kendrick (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Robles, J. Soto, H. Kendrick, S. Doolittle 3 (3), Y. Gomes, B. Dozier
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Story (2)
  • HR - R. Tapia (3)
  • RBI - R. Tapia 2 (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Tapia 2 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Reynolds 2 (2), R. McMahon, R. Tapia 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - V. Robles 2 (5)
FIELDING
  • E - W. Difo
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Corbin (W, 2-0)6.05321612.480.9223.0
J. Ross (H, 1)0.10000005.790.860.0
T. Sipp (H, 5)0.20000109.531.590.5
W. Suero (H, 2)0.21000105.401.00-0.5
S. Doolittle (S, 3)1.10000300.791.2411.5
Total9.06321111---
PITCHERSIP
P. Corbin (W, 2-0)6.0
J. Ross (H, 1)0.1
T. Sipp (H, 5)0.2
W. Suero (H, 2)0.2
S. Doolittle (S, 3)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hoffman (L, 0-1)5.06440607.201.203.0
B. Shaw2.02000101.291.144.5
C. Estevez1.00112205.401.201.0
M. Dunn0.12110007.111.89-3.0
D. Johnson0.20001205.791.930.0
Total9.010663110---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hoffman (L, 0-1)5.0
B. Shaw2.0
C. Estevez1.0
M. Dunn0.1
D. Johnson0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Corbin 103-66, J. Ross 3-2, T. Sipp 6-4, W. Suero 8-7, S. Doolittle 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Corbin 6-7, J. Ross 1-0, T. Sipp 1-0, W. Suero 1-0, S. Doolittle 1-0
  • Batters Faced - P. Corbin 25, J. Ross, T. Sipp 2, W. Suero 3, S. Doolittle 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - D. Johnson
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hoffman 85-58, B. Shaw 28-13, C. Estevez 28-12, M. Dunn 12-8, D. Johnson 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hoffman 4-5, B. Shaw 2-3, M. Dunn 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Hoffman 21, B. Shaw 8, C. Estevez 5, M. Dunn 3, D. Johnson 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Kendrick hit by pitch, Difo scored, Eaton to third, Soto to second63
    Soto walked, Adams scored, Difo to third, Eaton to second53
  • 5TH INNING
    Arenado safe at first on shortstop Difo fielding error, Blackmon scored, Story to third43
  • 3RD INNING
    Kendrick hit sacrifice fly to left, Robles scored42
    Robles doubled to deep center, Corbin, Difo and Eaton scored32
  • 2ND INNING
    Tapia homered to center, McMahon scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • C. Estevez Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier walked
    • Mike Dunn relieved Carlos Estevez
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Adams doubled to right, Dozier to third
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Difo reached on an infield single to third
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Eaton reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Dozier out at home, Adams to third, Difo to second
    • D.J. Johnson relieved Mike Dunn
    • V. Robles: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Robles struck out on foul tip
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Soto walked, Adams scored, Difo to third, Eaton to second
    • H. Kendrick: Foul, Ball, Kendrick hit by pitch, Difo scored, Eaton to third, Soto to second
    • S. Doolittle: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Doolittle struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Doolittle Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Desmond grounded out to third
    • R. Tapia: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • D. Butera: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Carlos Estevez pitching
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Soto lined out to left
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Kendrick struck out on foul tip
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Zimmerman walked
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wander Suero relieved Tony Sipp
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Story doubled to shallow center
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Arenado grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • Matt Adams at first base
    • Sean Doolittle pitching
    • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Michael Taylor hit for Patrick Corbin
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Difo grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Eaton tripled to deep right
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Joe Ross pitching
    • D. Butera: Strike swinging, Ball, Butera grounded out to second
    • David Dahl hit for Bryan Shaw
    • Tony Sipp relieved Joe Ross
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Dahl struck out on foul tip
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Bryan Shaw relieved Jeff Hoffman
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Kendrick lined out to right
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Zimmerman singled to right
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Gomes flied out to right
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier hit into double play third to second, Zimmerman out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • R. McMahon: Ball, McMahon grounded out to second
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Desmond flied out to deep right
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia lined out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Difo grounded out to second
    • A. Eaton: Eaton grounded out to first
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Robles singled to shallow left
    • J. Soto: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Robles stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Butera grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Hoffman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Hoffman struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon singled to shallow center
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story walked, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Arenado safe at first on shortstop Difo fielding error, Blackmon scored, Story to third
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gomes fouled out to left
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier flied out to deep center
    • P. Corbin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Corbin struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Arenado flied out to center
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, McMahon singled to center
    • I. Desmond: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Desmond singled to center, McMahon to third
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Tapia grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • P. Corbin: Strike looking, Corbin singled to left
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Difo singled to shallow center, Corbin to second
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Eaton singled to shallow right, Corbin to third, Difo to second
    • V. Robles: Foul, Ball, Robles doubled to deep center, Corbin, Difo and Eaton scored
    • J. Soto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Robles stole third, Foul, Kendrick hit sacrifice fly to left, Robles scored
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • J. Hoffman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoffman struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Blackmon flied out to center
    • T. Story: Ball, Story flied out to right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes flied out to deep left
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McMahon singled to center
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Desmond lined out to center
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia homered to center, McMahon scored
    • D. Butera: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Butera flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Robles popped out to shortstop
    • J. Soto: Soto singled to left
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Arenado grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)