Video: Nationals hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers

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The Nationals’ bats broke out in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in San Diego, swatting four consecutive home runs to turn a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 lead. After Yan Gomes grounded out against Craig Stammen, Howie Kendrick pinch-hit for Stephen Strasburg, smoking a solo homer to left-center to put the Nationals up 2-1. Trea Turner followed up with a dinger of his own, sending a fly ball out to center field. Adam Eaton made it three in a row, swatting a sinker out to center field. Anthony Rendon was No. 4, belting a sinker to right-center at Petco Park to make it 5-1.

Interestingly, it wasn’t that long ago that the Nationals last accomplished this feat. On July 27, 2017 against the Rockies, Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman hit four consecutive homers against Michael Blazek. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Nationals are the only team to have ever done it twice.

Bogaerts reportedly heading to the Padres for 11 years, $280 million

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a blockbuster 11-year, $280 million contract, adding the All-Star slugger to an already deep lineup.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Padres already had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, but he missed the entire season because of injuries and an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

San Diego also met with Aaron Judge and Trea Turner before the big stars opted for different teams. The Padres reached the NL Championship Series this year before losing to the Phillies.

“From our standpoint, you want to explore and make sure we’re looking at every possible opportunity to get better,” general manager A.J. Preller said before the Bogaerts deal surfaced. “We’ve got a real desire to win and do it for a long time.”

The 30-year-old Bogaerts was one of the headliners in a stellar group of free-agent shortstops that also included Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

Bogaerts, who’s from Aruba, terminated his $120 million, six-year contract with Boston after the season. The four-time All-Star forfeited salaries of $20 million for each of the next three years after hitting .307 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games.

Bogaerts is a .292 hitter with 156 homers and 683 RBIs in 10 big league seasons – all with Boston. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 and 2018.

Bogaerts becomes the latest veteran hitter to depart Boston after the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020. Rafael Devers has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can hit the market.

Bogaerts had his best big league season in 2019, batting .309 with a career-best 33 homers and 117 RBIs. He had 23 homers and 103 RBIs in 2018.

In 44 postseason games, Bogaerts is a .231 hitter with five homers and 16 RBIs.