Daniel Murphy

After hitting early broken-bat homer, Harper sparks 6-run 8th with single as Nats top Mets, 8-6

After hitting early broken-bat homer, Harper sparks 6-run 8th with single as Nats top Mets, 8-6

The shear power of Bryce Harper was startling. The late comeback by the Washington Nationals? Yep, that was shocking, too.

Harper hit an eye-popping, broken-bat homer early, then grounded a key single during a six-run surge in the eighth inning that sent the Nationals past the New York Mets, 8-6, Monday night.

“Barreled it pretty good,” Harper said. “It just broke and kept going.”

The Nationals rallied against five pitchers in their big burst, winning for just the fourth time in 13 games. The Mets had been off to the best start in franchise history behind the top bullpen in the majors before collapsing.

“That was big, super big. I'm not going to sit here and...

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