Corbin confident in stuff despite loss to O’s

BALTIMORE — For all the ups and downs the Nationals’ starting rotation has been through this season, the unit entered Wednesday’s series finale against the Orioles on an MLB-best streak of 21 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.

Washington was coming off a shutout win at Camden Yards, aiming to extend its rotation’s dominant run that dated back to the fourth inning of Game 2 of a June 17 doubleheader against the Phillies. Paolo Espino, Josiah Gray, Jackson Tetreault and Erick Fedde had pitched well since then, with Patrick Corbin up next to keep the streak going.

“I love the way we’re attacking the zone now, I really do, from everybody,” Nats manager Dave Martinez said. “Going into today, I didn’t really think about what we’ve done with our pitching staff, even though in the back of my mind I said, ‘We’re pitching better,’ as I always talk about.”

However, the Orioles played spoiler in the Nationals’ 7-0 loss on Wednesday night, which included a pair of rain delays — totaling 1 hour and 46 minutes — before the game was called after six innings.

Well before the downpours, Corbin allowed back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the first inning. He then gave up an RBI double to Ryan Mountcastle to quickly fall into a 1-0 deficit. With the O’s fouling off pitches at a high rate, Corbin threw 31 pitches to six batters before ending the opening…

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