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Harper hurts Braves again with walk-off homer; Nats win 8-6

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Washington hit three more home runs; the third one won the ballgame.

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Atlanta made a valiant comeback, only to be denied by yet another Bryce Harper home run, one of the walk-off variety in an 8-6 win for the Nats.

Julio Teheran didn't have the same mojo that he used to shut out the Reds this time around. In the second inning, Jose Lobaton hit his second homer of the year (both off Teheran) with a man on for a 2-0 lead. Yunel Escobar added an RBI single that same inning to put the Braves in a 3-0 hole.

Atlanta didn't have a hit against Doug Fister until Alberto Callaspo led off the fifth with a single. Callaspo then scored on Cameron Maybin's double. When Washington came to bat in the fifth, they got that run back and more on Ryan Zimmerman's line drive three-run homer to left that needed review. The Nats were up 6-1 after five innings.

The Braves would fight back, though, with a two-out rally in the seventh. Pedro Ciriaco came off the bench to deliver a two-run double to cut Washington's lead to three. That hit chased Doug Fister from the game.

In the eighth, Atlanta managed to load the bases with one out against the Nats bullpen. A weak groundout by Jace Peterson brought home a run; Christian Bethancourt then split the left field gap with a double to bring home two more runs and tie the game at six.

The Nats threatened when they batted in the eighth. Michael Taylor stood at second when Dan Uggla came off the bench. Uggla singled to left, but Kelly Johnson made a perfect throw to the plate to nab Taylor and preserve the tie.

In the ninth, however, with a man on, Bryce Harper belted Cody Martin's 1-0 pitch to center to end the game.

Teheran: 5 IP, 10 hits, 6 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
Bethancourt: 2-4, 1 double, 2 RBI
Maybin: 2-4, 2 doubles, 1 RBI
Ciriaco: PH double, 2 RBI

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Source: FanGraphs