WASHINGTON – Nationals manager Dave Martinez wanted his team to shake off any ill effects from Saturday's 14-inning loss to Milwaukee by getting out to a fast start in the series finale.
The Nationals carried out that order.
The Nationals matched a team record with eight home runs — two each by Brian Dozier and Juan Soto — in a 16-8 rout of the Brewers on Sunday.
Matt Adams and Victor Robles hit back-to-back homers in the first to give the Nationals a 4-0 lead, and Anthony Rendon and Soto did the same in the third as the advantage ballooned to 13-0. Washington has hit back-to-back homers 10 times this season.
"We got started off on such a bad foot," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We give up four in the first, that's a tough way to start. We never got a chance, really."
Soto homered again in the fifth and now has 28 on the year.
Dozier had his first multi-homer game of the season and now has 19 homers this year. Adam Eaton — who had a two-run triple in the second — homered in the fifth.
"Today's game is difficult on everybody, and we wanted to try and get out there early, get on them early," Eaton said.
Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the Brewers fifth and a two-run shot in the ninth.
San Diego 3, Philadelphia 2: Austin Hedges had four hits, including a tiebreaking homer in the seventh, leading the Padres to victory in Philadelphia. Bryce Harper left after the fifth inning because of dehydration.
St. Louis 5, Cincinnati 4: Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer and Tommy Edman added a solo shot among his three hits in a road victory that kept the Cardinals in first place.
Colorado 7, Miami 6 (10): Garrett Hampson's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Rockies to victory. Nolan Arenado homered twice for Colorado.
Chicago 7, Pittsburgh 1: Anthony Rizzo's two-run homer in the fifth helped build a seven-run lead for Jose Quintana in the Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pa.
Arizona 6, San Francisco 1: Home runs by Wilmer Flores and David Peralta helped the host Diamondbacks avoid a four-game sweep.
Cleveland 8, New York 4: Mike Clevinger struck out 10 in five shutout innings, Mike Freeman had three extra-base hits and the visiting Indians gained a four-game split with the Yankees and kept pace with the Twins. Clevinger, who won his seventh straight decision, limited New York to three hits. Cleveland scored four in the second off CC Sabathia.
Los Angeles 9, Chicago 2: The host Angels' four homers — with Mike Trout getting the day off — included the career-high 27th by Kole Calhoun and Shohei Ohtani's first since July 27.
Houston 4, Oakland 1: Zack Greinke recorded his 200th win, and Alex Bregman's three-run homer helped the visiting Astros avert a sweep.
Seattle 7, Toronto 0: Yusei Kikuchi, 28, pitched his first shutout in the major leagues, backed by four homers in a two-hitter over the host Blue Jays.
Tampa Bay 5, Detroit 4: Ji-Man Choi's two-run single in the bottom of the ninth completed a rally from a late three-run deficit for the Rays.
Boston 13, Baltimore 7: Rafael Devers went 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and four RBI, and the Red Sox rallied from an early six-run deficit.
New York 11, Kansas City 5: Pete Alonso broke the NL rookie record with his 40th home run, capping a late outburst by the Mets against the host Royals. Alonso broke a tie with Cody Bellinger, who hit 39 for the Dodgers in 2017.
• Indians ace Corey Kluber was removed from a Class AAA start after one inning with abdominal tightness. Kluber, who suffered a broken arm on May 1, was expected to rejoin the Indians for a series this week in New York.