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Nationals’ 6 Home Runs Beat Cubs 11-5

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Catcher Welington Castillo #53 of the Chicago Cubs looks on as Tyler Moore #57 of the Washington Nationals celebrates his two RBI home run with Danny Espinosa #8 during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on September 4, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Catcher Welington Castillo #53 of the Chicago Cubs looks on as Tyler Moore #57 of the Washington Nationals celebrates his two RBI home run with Danny Espinosa #8 during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on September 4, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 7½-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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