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Washington Nationals fall to 19-31 [gasp!] with 7-3 loss to Miami Marlins...

Save your 19-31 takes for someone else, we don’t want to hear them. This season is the worst. The worst. Well, after the 1994 campaign. #eMb

Washington Nationals v Miami Marlins Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Patrick Corbin gave up seven runs on 14 hits in six innings of work in Marlins Park, and the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals for the second time in three games so far in this weekend’s five-game series, leaving the defending World Series champs 19-31 [gasp!] thus far in 2019... er, 2020.

Corbin at MIA: In five starts in Nationals Park this season, Patrick Corbin, 31, has put up a 3.16 ERA and a .272/.300/.408 line against in 31 13 IP, but his numbers on the road, a 5.48 ERA and a .303/.370/.506, haven’t been good, and tonight he was taking on the Marlins in Miami, trying to stop a six-start winless streak, over which he’d gone (0-5) with a 4.93 ERA and a .317/.367/.503 line against in 34 23 IP, with the Nationals 0-6 in those outings.

Two pitches in tonight, Corbin and the Nationals were down by a run after Miguel Rojas hit a one-handed homer to left field on a 1-0 sinker that cleared the fence, just out of Juan Soto’s reach, 1-0. Rojas’s 4th of the 2020 campaign.

Rojas doubled to left with one down in the third, and scored one out later on a two-run HR by Garrett Cooper, whose 5th of the 2020 campaign made it 3-0 Miami.

It was 3-2 in the Marlins’ favor when Corbin came out for the fourth and gave up a one-out double by Lewis Brinson, who took third on a balk, and scored on a swinging bunt in front of the plate by Corey Dickerson, 4-2. Dickerson scored on a two-out RBI single by Chad Wallach, 5-2.

A leadoff hit by Starling Marte and back-to-back, one-out singles by Jesús Aguilar and Brian Anderson added to the Marlins’ lead, 6-2.

Corbin came back out for the bottom of the sixth and gave up back-to-back singles to start the frame, and a one-out RBI double by Cooper, 7-2.

Patrick Corbin’s Line: 6.0 IP, 14 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 7 Ks, 2 HRs, 93 P, 68 S, 3/6 GO/FO.

López vs D.C.: Marlins’ righty Pablo López, 24, held the Nationals to six hits and three runs (none earned) when he started in Washington last month, and since they saw him in D.C., he’d been up and down, results-wise, with a (1-3) record in four starts, over which he’d put up a 6.86 ERA and a .237/.289/.408 line against in 19 23 IP.

López tossed three scoreless on 42 pitches to start tonight, with a 1-0 lead after one and a 3-0 lead when he came out for the fourth.

Asdrúbal Cabrera walked to start the inning, and took third on a Luis García single to right, then Carter Kieboom walked with two down to load the bases, and Andrew Stevenson hit one out center for a two-run single, 3-2 Fish.

Stevenson swiped second in the next at bat and drew a throw, but the Marlins cut it off in front of second and threw home to get Kieboom at the plate for out No. 3 of a 30-pitch frame for López.

Miami went up 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth, and added a run in the fifth, 6-2, and López, who retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, striking out two, came back out for the sixth, but was lifted after a one-out walk, which came on his 100th pitch of the night...

Pablo López’s Line: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 Ks, 100 P, 60 S, 4/2 GO/FO.

SotOBP: Juan Soto extended his on-base streak to 21-straight games with a single in his first at bat of last night’s nightcap in Miami. Soto, 21, had .484 OBP over the course of his streak, going into tonight’s game, with seven doubles, four home runs, and 21 walks (9 IBBs) in the 21 games.

As the Nationals mentioned in tonight’s pregame notes, “Soto’s 21-game [on-base] streak is the second-longest streak by a Nationals’ player this season behind Trea Turner (23 G) and it is the third-longest active streak in baseball behind ATL Freddie Freeman (33 G) and LAD Justin Turner (24 G).”

Soto went 0 for 3 with a strikeout against Marlins’ starter Pablo López, however, and struck out in a two-on, two-out at bat in the seventh with lefty Richard Bleier on the hill in Marlins Park.

BULLPEN ACTION: James Hoyt took over for Miami with a runner on and one out in the top of the sixth, and got two quick outs to strand the runner he inherited, and keep it 6-2 in the Marlins’ favor.

Brad Boxberger hit Carter Kieboom in the first at bat of the seventh, and a throwing error on a one-out bunt by Victor Robles allowed Kieboom to take third base, while Robles advanced to second, and a sac fly to right-center by Trea Turner made it a four-run game, 7-3.

Kyle Finnegan worked around a single and an intentional walk in a scoreless bottom of the seventh.

Ryne Harper tossed a scoreless bottom of the eighth to keep it a four-run game in the Fish’s favor.

Brandon Kintzler came on in the ninth and worked around a single and a walk to end it.

Final Score: 7-3 Marlins

Nationals now 19-31 [gasp!]