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Harper homers twice into upper deck, Nats beat Marlins 7-2

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Harper homers twice into upper deck, Nats beat Marlins 7-2

By CHRISTOPHER STOCK

MIAMI (AP) -- Bryce Harper blasted two home runs into the upper deck and drove in four for the Washington Nationals in a 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.

Michael Taylor also homered and drove in two for Washington.

Doug Fister (4-6) picked up the win. allowing two runs and four hits in six innings.

Harper's first homer, a three-run shot, came off of Tom Koehler (8-7) in the fifth inning breaking a 2-all tie.

Harper then led off the eighth by smacking a first-pitch fastball from Sam Dyson deep to right field for his 29th home run of the season. It was his third multi-home run game of the season, first since hitting two against Atlanta on May 8.

Koehler pitched six innings and allowed five runs.

Ichiro Suzuki opened the scoring with an RBI double in the second for the Marlins.

The Nationals took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Ian Desmond hit an RBI triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor.

Adeiny Hechavarria tied the game at 2 with an RBI single.

SUZUKI GETS HIT NO. 2,900

Suzuki's RBI double in the second was his 2,900th major league hit. He also singled in the fourth and is 99 shy from joining just 29 other players in the 3,000-hit club.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (oblique strain) made his first rehab start on Wednesday with Triple-A Syracuse, pitching four innings and allowing three runs and four hits. He struck out five and walked one while throwing 44 of 64 pitches for strikes. ... RHP David Carpenter (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 17. "He's OK, it's been a slowing process," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "He's feeling better and we'll work him back as quickly as we can, keeping in mind that we need to be careful."

Marlins: RHP Henderson Alvarez underwent season-ending shoulder surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn labrum. Marlins manager Dan Jennings said all indications are that the surgery was a success.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (10-8, 2.33 ERA) will take the mound in Thursday's series finale scheduled to start at 12:10 p.m. Scherzer is looking to bounce back after allowing five runs on seven hits including a season-high three home runs in a 7-5 loss at Pittsburgh on July 24.

Marlins: RHP Dan Haren (7-6, 3.51) could be making his final start with the Marlins as he has been the subject of trade rumors before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Haren is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA in five starts in July.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

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- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.