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Washington Nationals settle for split in Chicago; White Sox win 7-5 tonight...

Patrick Corbin struggled again and the Nationals settled for a split of their two-game set with the White Sox in Chicago.

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Patrick Corbin has now given up 22 hits (four home runs), seven walks, and 20 runs total, 16 earned, in his last three starts and 12 23 IP (11.37 ERA) after the Chicago White Sox put up six hits and seven runs in the five innings he was on the mound tonight in what ended up being a 7-5 loss for Washington’s Nationals, who split the two-game set in Guaranteed Rate Field.

Corbin vs Chicago: Coming off back-to-back losses, in which he gave up 16 hits, five walks, and 13 runs, nine earned, Patrick Corbin took the mound tonight in Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field, with a 3.59 ERA, 3.63 FIP, 27 walks, and 89 Ks in 13 starts and 80 13 IP overall in 2019.

The rough starts came after a complete game shutout against the Miami Marlins in which he threw 120 pitches on May 25th.

Corbin struggled again early in tonight’s outing as well, giving up a two-out double by José Abreu, back-to-back walks (to James McCann and Eloy Jiménez), and a go-ahead grand slam on a 2-0 fastball to Sox’ catcher Welington Castillo, who hit his 5th HR of 2019 out to center in Guaranteed Rate Field, 4-2.

Corbin settled in and held the Sox off the board in the second and third innings, but he left a 1-1 fastball up in the zone for Eloy Jiménez in the first bat of the bottom of the fourth, and the White Sox’ left fielder hit it out to center, 462ft+ to make it 5-2 Chicago.

Back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the sixth made it 6-2 White Sox and ended Corbin’s night, with James McCann and Eloy Jiménez both hitting sliders hard off the southpaw...

Patrick Corbin’s Line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks, 88 P, 53 S, 2/4 GO/FO.

Bañuelos vs the Nationals: Once a highly-regarded prospect in the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves’ organizations, Manny Bañuelos returned to the majors with the White Sox this season for the first time since 2015, going (3-4) with a 7.36 ERA, 6.69 FIP, 25 walks, and 39 Ks in 11 games, seven starts, and 40 13 innings pitched before taking on the Washington Nationals tonight in the second of two in Chicago.

Bañuelos walked Trea Turner to start the opening frame, and one out later gave up a two-run home run by Anthony Rendon on a 3-2 sinker that ended up in the seats in left-center field, 2-0.

Bañuelos held the Nationals there through four, settling in as the Sox jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but a two-out walk to Rendon and a single to center by Juan Soto brought manager Rick Renteria out for a visit, and he went to the pen with Howie Kendrick due up...

Manny Bañuelos’s Line: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 Ks, 1 HR, 87 P, 56 S, 3/5 GO/FO.

Rendon is Streaking: With an infield single in the ninth inning last night, Anthony Rendon extended his on-base streak to 26-straight games, over which the Nationals’ 29-year-old third baseman was 31 for 95 (.326/.443/.632) with seven doubles, two triples, six homers, 20 walks, and 15 Ks.

Rendon extended the streak in his first at bat tonight, hitting a 3-2 sinker from Sox’ lefty Manny Bañuelos out to center for a two-run blast in the top of the first, 2-0.

The streak lives!!!

BULLPEN ACTION: Evan Marshall took over with two on and two out in the top of the fifth, and Howie Kendrick at the plate, and got a liner to third for out No. 3. Still 5-2 Sox.

Marshall returned to the mound in the top of the sixth, and retired the Nationals in order.

Javy Guerra came on for the Nationals with a runner on second and no one out in the home-half of the sixth, and retired two batters before an RBI single by Yolmer Sánchez made it a 7-2 game in Chicago’s favor.

Kelvin Herrera worked around a two-out single by Adam Eaton for a scoreless seventh.

Guerra retired the Sox in order in the bottom of the seventh.

Aaron Bummer worked the eighth for the White Sox, hitting Howie Kendrick and giving up a single by Brian Dozier that put runners on the corners with one down in front of Yan Gomes, who hit a two-run double to center to make it 7-4.

Bummer hit Kurt Suzuki as well, so the Sox went to Alex Colomé with a three-run lead in the eighth.

Colomé got the second out, but walked Trea Turner to load’em up in front of Adam Eaton, who got up 3-0, went to 3-2, and sent a fly to center for out No. 3. Still 7-4 Sox.

Kyle Barraclough tossed a quick, 11-pitch, 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth.

Colomé returned to the mound in the ninth and gave up a leadoff home run by Anthony Rendon on a 96 MPH 2-1 fastball that went out to left-center field, 7-5. No. 14 for Rendon.

Brian Dozier walked with two out, but was stranded. 7-5 White Sox final.

Nationals now 31-36