Davey Johnson's "rally goatee" finally paid off Tuesday as the Nationals cranked out four home runs in a 9-3 win over the Orioles, their largest offensive output since a 10-3 win over the Marlins on April 15.
Adam LaRoche hit two of the homers -- a three-run shot in the first and a solo blast in the eighth -- but it was the two home runs in between from Tyler Moore and Roger Bernadina that made baseball history.
Entering Tuesday's game, Moore was hitting .152, while Bernadina was hitting a paltry .121. When they went back-to-back off rookie Kevin Gausman in the fourth, it was the first time in almost 44 years that teammates hitting less than .160 (minimum of 60 at-bats) hit homers in the same game.
It was just the second time in the modern era (1900 to present); The Angels' Roger Repoz and Tom Egan each deep against the Athletics on July 20, 1969.
Of course, you may remember that date for another reason; Apollo 11 landed on the moon on that day.
Washington hadn't scored more than seven runs in 29 games dating back to last month. I guess you could say that's one small step for the Nationals.
I'll show myself out.
(Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau)
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