WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) --
Washington's Bernie Castro hit RBI triples from both sides of the plate, highlighting Alfonso Soriano's historic night in an 8-5 win over Milwaukee.
With a steal in the first inning, Soriano became the fourth player in major league history with 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in the same season.
He wasted no time waiting for pitcher Dave Bush to start the game before swiping second without a throw from catcher Mike Rivera.
Soriano joins Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez as the only players to reach the milestone.
Pedro Astacio (4-5) picked up the win, giving up four runs and six hits through 5 2/3 innings for the Nationals, who had lost six of their last eight games.
Bush (11-11) took the loss, yielding five runs on seven hits in four innings.
Soriano's game jersey was shipped to the Hall of Fame after the game.
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