Nationals upend Tigers to snap 4-game skid

Lane Thomas’ go-ahead, two-run single in the fifth inning lifted the host Washington Nationals to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.Thomas went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Patrick Corbin pitched six strong innings for Washington, which ended a four-game losing streak. Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs.Spencer Torkelson went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer for the Tigers, who head into Sunday’s rubber game having dropped two of their past three contests. Jonathan Schoop also had two hits for Detroit.Trailing 2-1, the Nationals took the lead in the fifth.After Ildemaro Vargas hit a one-out single to left and advanced to third on CJ Abrams’ double to left, Alex Call grounded out to third before Thomas drove in a pair with a single to left.Detroit starter Alex Faedo (0-2) got Dominic Smith to fly out to end the inning, ending his day having allowed three runs on five hits and no walks in five innings.Washington pushed its lead to 4-2 in the sixth inning on Keibert Ruiz’s single off Tyler Holton that scored Corey Dickerson, who hit a ground-rule double with two outs.In the eighth, Candelario’s run-scoring double plated Thomas, who hit a leadoff double.