Nationals slug their way to early lead over Cardinals

Let’s begin with a few numbers:

* Heading into the seventh inning last night, the Nationals hadn’t hit back-to-back homers all season. They’ve now done it twice.

* In their last 10 innings at the plate, they’ve hit six homers.

* They got their first leadoff homer to begin a game tonight since July 28, 2009. They hit back-to-back homers for the first time to start a game since 2002, when they were the Montreal Expos.

Yeah, it’s safe to say their offense is hot right now.

Jayson Werth led off the game for the Nationals with a homer to the Red Porch in center field - his second in as many nights - and Roger Bernadina followed him with another homer. The Nationals hit three other balls to the outfield in the first inning, with Ryan Zimmerman’s and Michael Morse’s balls to left nearly falling for hits.

They’ve jumped on a pitcher (the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse) that held them to two hits in April, and they’ve taken advantage of a muggy night at Nationals Park, where St. Louis’ Matt Holliday also homered off John Lannan in the second inning. The Nationals have a 2-1 lead in the third.