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Bryce Harper hammers two-run walk-off HR to lift Nationals past Phillies

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper capped off a great day for him with a two-run home run walk-off home run to lift the Washington Nationals to a 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Harper’s game-winning blast came just hours after he signed a one-year deal worth $21.65 million for the 2018 season — a record deal for an arbitration-eligible player. The Nationals hoped the deal will allow the 24-year old star to concentrate on playing baseball and leading the club to their pinnacle without concerns of his financial future. The investment appears to be gaining an early return.

 

The Nationals trailed 4-0 but battled back with a four-run fifth inning highlighted by a two-run homer by Trea Turner and a two-run double by Ryan Zimmerman. Then in the bottom of the ninth with Adam Lind on base, Harper faced a 0-1 count then took Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos’ pitch deep to center field for the walk-off bomb.

As he rounded the bases and touched home plate, he was met with a douse of Gatorade from teammates.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Saturday’s blast was his longest walk-off home run of his career, traveling 434 feet. It’s Harper second walk-off home run of the season. His first also came against the Phillies. He now has five walk-off blasts in his young career.

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