The Washington Times - September 5, 2012, 12:19AM

Davey Johnson digs the long ball, and he got plenty of it Tuesday night in his Washington Nationals’ 11-5 victory against the lowly Chicago Cubs. Six home runs by five different players was the highlight of the offensive outburst.

Ian Desmond hit a two-run shot in the first for his 20th of the season; Jesus Flores hit a solo shot in the second for his fifth; Adam LaRoche hit a solo shot in the fourth for his 26th and then another in the eighth for his 27th; Tyler Moore hit a two-run shot in the fourth for his eighth and Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo shot in the sixth for his 18th.


The six homers tied the most in one game by the Nats since moving to Washington in 2005; the previous time came May 20, 2011 at the Baltimore Orioles. It was also the most homers by a D.C. team at home, a record that spans Nationals Park, RFK Stadium and Griffith Stadium.

“Everybody in our lineup’s capable of going out of the ballpark,” Johnson said. “We’re in a pretty good place right now offensively.”

Johnson wasn’t exaggerating. The Nats have six players with double-digit home runs, including second baseman Danny Espinosa and Bryce Harper (15 each) and Michael Morse (12).

“Everybody clicking together. This is something that I think going all the way back to spring training we knew we were capable of doing,” LaRoche said. “Unfortunately with some injuries  and some streakiness this year we haven’t had a six, seven-game outburst like this where we’ve been able to go out and score seven, eight, 10 runs. So it’s nice. We owe this to our pitchers for them bailing us out the first couple months.”

While with the Arizona Diamondbacks, LaRoche was part of a back-to-back-to-back-to-back home run inning in August 2010. But those were the only four homers of the game.

For what it’s worth, the franchise record for home runs in a game was set when the team was the Montreal Expos, July 30, 1978, when they hit eight against the Atlanta Braves.