WATCH: Kyle Schwarber becomes third-ever player to hit 15 home runs in 17 games


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Since being moved into the leadoff spot in early June, Kyle Schwarber has skied six leadoff dingers in the first frame.  (Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Since being moved into the leadoff spot in early June, Kyle Schwarber has skied six leadoff dingers in the first frame. (Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

WASHINGTON — Having quite the memorable month of June at the plate, former Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber has raked for the Washington Nationals in recent weeks, hitting homer after homer, game in and game out. Schwarber went yard twice more on Monday, making him just the third player in MLB history to power out 15 dingers in a span of only 17 games.

Joining iconic sluggers Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa by hammering his 15th tater in 17 outings, Schwarber led the Nats to an 8-4 win over the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Seven of Schwarber's 15 recent round-trippers have come against the Mets, and he has also hit six leadoff bombs in his last 16 games.

In the Nationals' first plate appearance of Monday's tilt, Schwarber crushed a 439-footer into the upper deck beyond right field. He went on to start off another half-inning by going yard when he belted a 409-footer into the right field seats to begin the bottom of the fifth. Schwarber has hit 15 home runs this June — a Nats record for the most dingers tallied in any month — and has 24 homers and 52 RBIs on the season.

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