WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals tied a major league record on Thursday by hitting five home runs in an inning.
After Nats pitcher Max Scherzer drew a walk to start the frame, leadoff man Brian Goodwin homered to right field. Wilmer Difo followed by going deep to right center. After that, Bryce Harper drilled one over the wall in left-center, and then cleanup hitter Ryan Zimmerman punctuated the string with a homer of his own to left-center. After a Daniel Murphy flyout that drew mock boos from the Camp Day crowd at Nats Park, Anthony Rendon launched one over the wall in left-center for Washington’s fifth home run of the inning.
By going deep five times in the same frame, Washington became the sixth team to match the record. Interestingly, the Brewers had done it the previous time in 2006.
The four straight homers also tied an MLB mark, last accomplished by the Diamondbacks in August of 2011. Of the eight teams that have gone back-to-back-to-back-to-back, the Nationals are the first club to ever do it with their one through four hitters. Blazek, who was making his first career start after 108 career relief appearances, is the first hurler to ever surrender five home runs in one inning.
Through four innings, Washington had homered eight times, including two each by Harper and Zimmerman. The eight round-trippers in one game tied the franchise record set by the 1978 Montreal Expos.
The major league record for homers in a game is 10, and the National League mark is nine.