Brooks allowed just two hits and had six strikeouts in six scoreless innings to earn his fourth victory of the season in a 2-0 win against the Nationals Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Corbin took his sixth loss of 2019 after allowing four hits and two runs while tossing nine strikeouts.
“I loved the way we pitched,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde told reporters. “It’s a great win. That’s a really good ball club, a playoff ball club, the hottest team in baseball, coming off a sweep on the road and scoring 10 runs a game.
“To be able to come in and put zeros up for nine innings, it’s a testament to our pitchers. I think some of our guys are getting better.”
The Orioles jumped on Corbin in the top of the first inning for the only runs of the game. Hanser Alberto singled before Corbin hit Trey Mancini with a pitch in the next at-bat. Anthony Santander plated Alberto with an RBI double for the first run of the game. Johnathan Villar scored Mancini on a sacrifice fly two at-bats later.
Then Corbin got hot. Villar’s sacrifice fly started a streak of 15 consecutive outs for Corbin. He had five strikeouts during the hot streak. Brooks also started hot. He allowed a leadoff single to Trea Turner in the Nationals’ first at-bat, before striking out Adam Eaton, Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto to open the game.
Alberto was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win. Turner and Victor Robles each recorded two hits for the Nationals.
The Nationals host the Orioles in the final game of the series at 7:05 p.m. EDT Thursday in Washington, D.C.