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A record-setting night, by the numbers

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BALTIMORE — Before Friday afternoon’s game, several Nationals who had never played in Camden Yards mentioned the park’s reputation as a hitter’s ballpark. They then went out and in record-setting fashion proved that to be completely true. 

Here are the basics: The Nationals scored a club record 17 runs Friday night — the most ever since the team relocated to Washington D.C. and became the Nationals. They pounded Orioles pitching for 19 hits, hit a club record six home runs and went 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position (a deceptively low statistic).

But here are a few more numbers from tonight’s onslaught, most courtesy of Nationals PR man Bill Gluvna:

— Wilson Ramos (who was 3-for-4) scored a career-high five runs as part of his near-cycle night matching a franchise record — a mark that includes both Nationals and Expos.

— Jayson Werth, who was previously 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on his birthday, turned 32 Friday and belted two home runs for his ninth career multi-homer game — first as a Washington National.

— Danny Espinosa, who also finished a double-shy of the cycle, hit his sixth homer of the season on the 10th pitch of an epic at-bat in the second inning. The home run, which was a three-run shot, was the fourth three-run homer of the season for Espinosa and all of his home runs have been multi-run hits.

With Friday’s, Espinosa became the only player in the major leagues this season with at least six home runs where all of them have been multi-run blasts, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Since 2000, Espinosa is one of just 27 MLB players who have hit multi-run homers in each of their first six to begin a season and he now leads all MLB rookies with 27 RBI.

— The Nationals 7-8-9 hitters Friday night (Ramos, Espinosa, Jerry Hairston Jr.) combined to go 8-for-13 with nine runs scored, two triples, two homers and nine RBI.

— Every member of the Nationals’ starting lineup reached base at least once except for designated hitter Matt Stairs, who was 0-for-4 and is now just 2-for-26 on the season.

— The six home runs allowed was the most Baltimore has given up in a game since September, 2009.

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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