Kyle Schwarber becomes first National to hit 7 home runs in 5-game span

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Schwarber becomes first National to hit 7 HR in 5-game span originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The month of June has belonged to Kyle Schwarber.

Now, the Nationals/Expos franchise record for most home runs in a five-game span is also his.

Schwarber swung for the fences in the first at-bat of the game between the Nationals and the Marlins on Thursday. With his seventh home run in five games, he made Nationals history and paved the way for a 7-3 victory to start the series with the Marlins.

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He didn't stop there, though. In the second inning he took another Cody Poteet pitch beyond the centerfield wall to give the Nats a 4-0 advantage before the third inning.

The majority of his damage has been done from the leadoff spot. Since Nationals manager Davey Martinez moved Trea Turner to the No. 2 spot to make way for Schwarber on June 12, Schwarber has hit 12 home runs—the most in the month of June for any Nationals players—and 22 RBIs.

He's just one home run away from the Nats/Expos record for home runs in a calendar month and in his short stint in the leadoff spot, his five home runs have him tied for third most in franchise history.

The 28-year-old outfielder came just one home run short of tying the MLB record for home runs in a five-game span -- Shawn Green hit nine home runs in five games with the Dodgers in 2002.

His recent run of form has helped turn a lackluster start to the Nationals' season into a midseason rally similar to the one they pulled off in 2019 before bringing home the franchise's first World Series title.

Since Schwarber's move to leadoff, the Nationals are 10-1 and three games off of the Mets for first place in the division.

They take on the Marlins tomorrow night and look to take advantage of another opportunity to close in on the top spot in the NL East.