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Washington Nationals shut out by Philadelphia Phillies, 6-0; 4th straight loss...

It’s four straight losses overall after two consecutive losses in Citizens Bank Park...

MLB: AUG 31 Nationals at Phillies Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Patrick Corbin gave up two runs on five hits in five innings on the mound tonight in Citizens Bank Park, but he was out after the fifth, and a four-run sixth blew things up and the Phillies handed the Washington Nationals their second straight loss in Philadelphia and their fourth straight loss overall. Final Score: 6-0 Phillies.

Corbin vs the Phillies: Patrick Corbin gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings last time out, when he faced the Phillies in the nation’s capital. Corbin said it’s always difficult to face teams in your division that know you as well as you know them.

“They’ve got some veterans over there in their lineup. They know what I have and I’d like to try to pitch to some of their weaknesses and things like that, some of my strengths,” Corbin said.

Going up against the Phillies again a week later, this time in Citizens Bank Park, Corbin got through two scoreless on 31 pitches, but ran into trouble in the third, giving up a one-out walk to Andrew McCutchen and a double by Rhys Hoskins which set Bryce Harper up with an RBI opportunity in a 0-0 game. Harper K’d chasing a 2-2 slider for out No. 2, and Corbin got up 1-2 on J.T. Realmuto and got him swinging with a 2-2 slider as well, however, to keep it scoreless after three.

Corbin was up to 70 pitches total after he set the Phillies down in order in the fourth, but he left a 1-1 slider up for Alec Bohm in the bottom of the fifth and the Philly third baseman hit it out to left for a leadoff home run and a 1-0 lead. Bohm’s 2nd of the season. Rhys Hoskins hit a two-out single, Bryce Harper walked, and Realmuto cashed in a second RBI opportunity as he singled to right to make it 2-0 before Corbin got out of the inning...

Patrick Corbin’s Line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 Ks, 1 HR, 92 P, 55 S, 5/2 GO/FO.

Nola vs the Nationals: Aaron Nola wrapped up the month of August with a seven-inning outing against the Nationals last week in the nation’s capital, giving up five hits and two earned runs in a 3-2 win over the Phillies’ divisional rivals.

That start left the Philly righty with a 2.35 ERA and a .174/.231/.330 line against in five starts and 30 23 IP on the month.

Nola tossed five scoreless on 61 pitches to start in his second start in a row against the Nats, and took the mound in the sixth with a 2-0 lead and erased a one-out walk to Juan Soto on a 5-4-3 DP off of Howie Kendrick’s bat, which ended a 17-pitch frame. 78 total.

With the score 6-0 after six, Nola retired the Nationals in order in a 15-pitch seventh, and he came back out for the eighth at 93 pitches, and 107 pitches after a two-out walk to Michael A. Taylor, but he got a force at second on a Trea Turner grounder on his 113th pitch.

Aaron Nola’s Line: 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 Ks, 113 P, 78 S, 9/2 GO/FO.

Turn-On: Trea Turner started the second of four in Citizens Bank with a 16-game hit streak going, over which he was 34 for 67 (.507 AVG), with seven doubles, two triples, four home runs, 12 RBIs, four walks, two HBPs, and 21 runs scored.

Turner also had a 22-game on-base streak going, which stretched back to August 8th, and over which the 27-year-old shortstop had put up a .510 OBP.

Turner extended his on-base streak with a two-out walk in the third tonight, but was 0 for 2 after six innings, and he grounded into an inning-ending force at second to end the top of the eighth, 0 for 3. 16-game hitting streaks are pretty good though, and he did this at short:

BULLPEN ACTION: Kyle Finnegan came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth, with the Phils up 2-0, and the first two batters reached base, on a Didi Gregorius’ single and an error on a Jay Bruce grounder by Luis García at second. Alec Bohm doubled to right-center in the next at bat and the Phillies added to their lead, in spite of the fact that Gregorius pulled up as he rounded third and headed home, thinking the stop sign for Bruce was intended for him, but he scored anyway when the throw home bounced and got away from Yan Gomes, 3-0, and 6-0 on a 3-run HR by Andrew McCutchen one out later.

Dakota Bacus replaced Finnegan after back-to-back walks pushed him, Finnegan, up to 28 pitches in the inning, and got two outs around a walk to limit the damage.

Javy Guerra tossed a nine-pitch, 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh inning and came back out for the eighth and gave up back-to-back, two-out walks before he called to the trainer and left the game... because of course. Ryne Harper got the final out of the inning.

Héctor Neris got the ninth for the Phillies and gave up back-to-back, one-out singles (by Howie Kendrick and Asdrúbal Cabrera) before wrapping it up.

Final Score: 6-0 Phillies

Nationals now 12-21