Bryce Harper Walk-Off Hit Completes Epic Comeback

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By Michael Marzzacco

Bryce Harper came up clutch in the bottom of the 10th inning, delivering a deep walk-off single to the right field wall that scored Trea Turner to give the Nats a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the three-game series opener at Nationals Park. Trailing 5-1 earlier, the Nats used the long ball four times to tie the game.

The Reds scored four runs in the first inning off of Nats’ starter Stephen Strasubrg, who had a rough outing on the mound. Strasburg gave up five runs on eight hits with five strikeouts over five innings. Brian Goodwin homered in the bottom of the first for the Nats first run. Anthony Rendon homered to centerfield in the fourth to make it 5-2. It was Rendon’s 14th of the season. In the sixth the Nats inched closer. Daniel Murphy homered over the right field wall. The Nats closed the deficit within one run thanks to a sacrifice fly by Stephen Drew that scored Rendon. In the seventh, Goodwin homered again for this sixth of the season and his first multi-homer game. It tied the game at five.

The ballgame would need extra innings to decide the winner. After two outs, Turner got on with a base hit to right field. Goodwin followed with a single to right field and Turner made it to third. With runners at the corners, Harper delivered in the clutch.



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