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Nats catcher Ruiz ends 5-4 win over Reds with pickoff at 1st

Corbin pitched 6 effective innings, Bell had a 2-run double and catcher Ruiz picked Senzel off first base to end the game as Washington beat Cincinnati 5-4.

CINCINNATI — Patrick Corbin pitched six effective innings, Josh Bell had a two-run double and catcher Kelbert Ruiz picked Nick Senzel off first base to end the game as the Washington Nationals beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Sunday.

The Reds challenged the call, but video review confirmed the out.

Maikel Franco homered for the first time since May 14 and Washington capitalized on two fourth-inning Cincinnati errors.

The three-game losing streak is the Reds’ longest since dropping nine straight in late April and early May. Washington’s three straight wins follow a four-game losing streak.

Corbin (2-8) overcame nine Cincinnati hits and three first-inning runs in the first to turn in five scoreless innings. Corbin, who didn’t walk anybody and struck out five, has allowed 21 hits in 10 1/3 innings over his last two starts.

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Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) walks to the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, June 4, 2022, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Victor Arano and Erasmo Ramirez combined to pitch the seventh and eighth before Stephen Cishek overcame a walk and Senzel’s infield hit for his first save since 2019, when he was with the Cubs.

Luis Castillo (2-3) made his his sixth start and allowed a season-high four walks over 6 1/3 innings while slipping to 0-5 in six career starts against the Nationals. Castillo gave up six hits and five runs, three earned, with six strikeouts.

Bell doubled into right field corner to drive in César Hernández and Lane Thomas with two outs in the first inning. The Reds responded with three straight hits in the bottom of the inning, including back-to-back doubles from Joey Votto and Tyler Stephenson.

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Washington Nationals' Lane Thomas (28) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a two-run double hit by Josh Bell during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, June 4, 2022, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Errors by shortstop Kyle Farmer and right fielder Aristides Aquino fueled Washington’s fourth-inning, two-run rally. Luis García drove in Yadiel Hernandez with the first run, and Franco scored as César Hernández beat out a potential double-play grounder to Votto at first base.

Franco went deep to left in the sixth for his fourth homer of the season.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)


Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (thoracic outlet syndrome) threw a bullpen session Sunday and will travel with the team to Miami, where a decision could be made on when he returns, manager Dave Martinez said. Strasburg has been out since early April. … Arano walked off the field with an apparent leg injury after misplaying a grounder and falling to the ground in the eighth inning.

Reds: RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (right forearm soreness) was placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Saturday, and recalled RHP Jared Solomon.


Nationals: Tuesday’s starting pitcher at Miami still is to be determined.

Reds: RHP Hunter Greene (2-7), the scheduled starter on Monday against the Diamondbacks, allowed six hits and four runs with eight strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings during his last start on Wednesday at Boston.


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