Michael Taylor

Nationals hit 8 HRs to blast Brewers 15-2

The Washington Nationals staged their own version of the Home Run Derby, with Michael Blazek serving as the unwilling batting practice pitcher.

Washington tied a franchise record with eight homers and matched two major league marks during a prolific third inning that highlighted a 15-2 rout of the fading Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman each homered twice for the Nationals, who banged out 19 hits in reaching double figures in runs for the 18th time this season.

"We have a lineup that can do some special things," Harper said. "Anything can happen."

Washington equaled two big league records in a seven-run third:...

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