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Shaky Patrick Corbin walks four batters in first inning of first playoff start

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The Nationals inked starter Patrick Corbin, now 30 years old, to a six-year, $140 million contract last December for starts like tonight’s: in the postseason, against tough offenses like the Dodgers’.

Corbin, however, was shaky in the first inning of his first career playoff start. The lefty walked A.J. Pollock to begin the bottom of the first inning. Then, after striking out David Freese and Justin Turner, Corbin issued consecutive walks to Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor, and Max Muncy to force in a run. Corbin saw his way out of trouble by getting Corey Seager to ground out to end the inning.

All things considered, it could have been worse. Corbin should feel fortunate to have given up only one run after walking four batters in an inning — something he had never done before tonight.

Corbin appeared to right his ship in the second inning. He racked up another pair of strikeouts, working around a fielding error by first baseman Howie Kendrick.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).