Nationals’ 6 home runs beat Cubs 11-5

Washington has 7 1/2 game lead in NL East
Nationals’ 6 home runs beat Cubs 11-5

Adam LaRoche hit two of Washington’s six homers, Ian Desmond had four RBIs and the Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 11-5 on Tuesday night.

LaRoche and Jayson Werth had four hits apiece for the NL East-leading Nationals, who opened a season-high 7 1/2-game advantage in the division. Second-place Atlanta lost to Colorado 6-0.

Desmond, Jesus Flores, Tyler Moore and Ryan Zimmerman also went deep. The six home runs matched a team record.

Every Nationals starter had at least one hit.

Washington right-hander Edwin Jackson (9-9) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.

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