On the same day as signing a record-breaking extension, Bryce Harper proved his worth with a walkoff, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday to beat the Phillies 6-4 after trailing 4-0 halfway through the fifth inning.
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Opposing managers are faced with a tough decision late in games when Harper steps up to the plate: pitch to him, or give him a free pass to first base?
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin knew what he was getting into because Harper had already hit a walkoff home run against Philadelphia this season. In fact, Harper became just the second player in Nats history to hit two walkoff home runs versus the same team in the same season.
At 434 feet, it was also the longest walkoff in Harper’s career.
The Astros responded with five runs in the seventh to take a 6-2 lead, one they would not relinquish. Houston extended its AL West lead to 3 1/2 games.
Brewers slugger Travis Shaw broke a four-all tie with the Cardinals with two outs in the top of the 10th, blasting an estimated 414-foot, three-run shot off reliever Seung Hwan Oh (0-2). Shaw’s homer was long, but it wasn’t as deep as teammate Jonathan Villar’s estimated 450-foot blast in the third inning.
Authentic Kids Tedy Bruschi Jersey After a lengthy rain delay, the Phillies poured it on Cubs starter Brett Anderson for seven earned runs on seven hits in just 1 1/3 innings of work at Wrigley Field. The Phillies’ Aaron Altherr had two doubles and three RBIs before Anderson was pulled in the blowout loss.