The Nationals matched a team record with eight home runs — including two by Juan Soto — in a 16-8 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday as Washington took two of three from a fellow contender in the NL playoff race.
Matt Adams and Victor Robles hit back-to-back homers in the first to give the Nationals a 4-0 lead, and Anthony Rendon and Soto did the same in the third as the advantage ballooned to 13-0. Washington has gone for back-to-back homers ten times this season.
Soto homered again in the fifth and now has 28 on the year.
Brian Dozier had his first multi-homer game of the season and now has 19 homers this year. Adam Eaton — who had a two-run triple in the second — hit his 10th homer in the fifth.
Erick Fedde (4-2) won his third consecutive start, allowing four runs on ten hits over five innings and striking out two.
Chase Anderson (5-3) lost for the first time since June 21, allowing a career-high ten runs on nine hits with one strikeout in 2 1/3 innings.
Ben Gamel hit a solo homer in the fourth while Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the fifth and two-run shot in the ninth. The Brewers have lost four of six while trying to keep pace in both the NL Central and wild card standings.
Washington scored 30 runs in the final two games against Milwaukee but only won Sunday — falling 15-14 in 14 innings Saturday night after closer Sean Doolittle blew a three-run lead in the ninth.
Brewers: C Yasmani Grandal was out of the lineup after manager Craig Counsell said the two-time All-Star lost an excessive amount of weight during Saturday’s 5 hour, 40-minute game. Grandal entered in the eighth as a pinch hitter.
Nationals: Washington placed Doolittle on the 10-day injured list with right knee tendinitis and recalled RHP Kyle McGowin. Doolittle allowed three homers and four runs in blowing his sixth save of the season.
Soto became the third player in MLB history with 50 home runs before his 21st birthday. Soto, who turns 21 on Oct. 25, joined Mel Ott (61) and Tony Conigliaro (56).
Milwaukee recalled RHP Jay Jackson and RHP Aaron Wilkerson from Triple A-San Antonio on Sunday while optioning RHP Freddy Peralta and RHP Ray Black there. The Brewers used nine relievers, including Peralta and Black, on Saturday.
Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (8-5, 3.74 ERA) starts for Milwaukee on Monday at division rival St. Louis.
Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (3-3, 5.91) takes the mound in the opener of a four-game series at Pittsburgh on Monday. Ross is 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA in his last three starts