(WASHINGTON) — Washington Nationals 19-year-old rookie outfielder Bryce Harper continues to impress. This time he delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the twelfth, giving the Nationals (31-22) an 8-7 win over their division rival Mets (31-25).
“That first at-bat I faced Ramirez (Elvin) he got me effectively well,” Harper said to the MLB Network. “He got me out of my comfort zone and I chased three bad pitches in that first at-bat against him. I was trying to go up their an just get a pitch I could drive in that second at-bat. I really shortened up and just tried to get a ball over the third baseman’s head or something like that, and it happened for us.”
Harper is now hitting .288, with five home runs, 14 RBIs and a .375 on-base-percentage.
The win keeps the Nationals at the top of the National League East standings. They currently hold a one game lead on Miami and a game and a half lead over the Mets.
Washington will play the Mets Wednesday and Thursday, before starting a three-game interleague series in Boston on Friday.
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