Kris Bryant matched a career high with three home runs and drove in five while the Chicago Cubs piled on against the Washington Nationals bullpen in a 14-6 win Friday night.

Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras also homered to help the NL Central-leading Cubs (26-16) snap a two-game skid. Javier Baez extended the majors’ longest hitting streak to 15 games.

Bryant went deep in the seventh, eighth and ninth, making him the 12th player to homer in three straight innings. He finished with four hits and extended his on-base streak to 26 games, a career best and the longest active run in the majors.

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant (17) celebrates his two-run home run with Addison Russell (27) during the seventh inning of a baseball game as Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki, center, looks on, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant (17) celebrates his two-run home run with Addison Russell (27) during the seventh inning of a baseball game as Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki, center, looks on, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Contreras also had four hits. His ninth-inning homer off Matt Grace capped an 11-run barrage for the Cubs against the Nationals’ beleaguered bullpen.

Schwarber broke open a one-run game in the eighth with a two-run homer against Kyle Barraclough that concluded a 13-pitch at-bat. Bryant followed two pitches later with his 10th homer.

Chicago starter Cole Hamels (4-0) won for the fourth time in five starts. The left-hander tossed five effective innings, squirming out of two bases-loaded jams, as the Cubs improved to 7-2 in his nine starts this season.

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Kyle Barraclough, right, is pulled from a baseball game by manager Dave Martinez (4) during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki, back center, looks on. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Kyle Barraclough, right, is pulled from a baseball game by manager Dave Martinez (4) during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki, back center, looks on. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The only damage Hamels allowed was a two-run home run to Anthony Rendon in the third inning.

Washington (18-26) has yet to win three in a row this season and has dropped all six of Scherzer’s home starts.

Scherzer (2-5) struggled with his command over six innings. He walked a season-high four and gave up a two-run homer to Almora, his fourth of the season, in the second. Scherzer also struck out eight before exiting.

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant (17) celebrates his two-run home run with manager Joe Maddon (70) during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant (17) celebrates his two-run home run with manager Joe Maddon (70) during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Trea Turner went 2 for 5 in his return from a broken right index finger that kept the Nationals shortstop out of the lineup for 38 games.

Almora made a diving catch in center field to rob Juan Soto of a hit in the ninth inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant (17) celebrates with Mike Montgomery (38), Addison Russell (27), Willson Contreras (40) and Anthony Rizzo (44) after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant (17) celebrates with Mike Montgomery (38), Addison Russell (27), Willson Contreras (40) and Anthony Rizzo (44) after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Cubs: Cubs: 1B Anthony Rizzo (back) returned to the lineup after missing four games and went 1 for 5 with a strikeout and run scored.

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sánchez was placed on the 10-day injured list (strained left hamstring).

UP NEXT

Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. (5) dives for and catches a line drive by Washington Nationals' Juan Soto for an out during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. (5) dives for and catches a line drive by Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto for an out during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (3-1, 1.16) has not allowed an earned run in his last starts. He’s 2-2 with a 4.25 ERA in seven career starts against the Nationals.

Nationals: RHP Steven Strasburg (3-3, 3.63) has lost his last two starts. He is 1-1 with a 2.23 ERA in six career starts against the Cubs.

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Washington Nationals relief pitcher Kyle Barraclough walks toward the dugout after he was pulled during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Kyle Barraclough walks toward the dugout after he was pulled during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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