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Harper's 3-HR day powers Nats to win

Bryce Harper hit home runs in each of his first three at-bats Wednesday, tying a franchise record and helping the Nationals edge the Marlins.

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Final: Nationals 7, Marlins 5

Nationals RHP Max Scherzer gave up 5 runs over 7 innings with 10 strikeouts, but lucky for him, Bryce Harper is on his team. The outfielder went 3-for-4 with 3 home runs and 5 RBIs, almost single-handedly beating the Marlins.

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Stanton shows he can homer too

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton didn't like Bryce Harper getting all the attention with his 3-for-3, 3-homer showing to begin the game -- so the Marlins slugger hit a 3-run HR of his own to cut the Nationals' lead to just 2, and it's 7-5 in the 8th. Follow live

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Even before today, Harper ranked in the top 9% of all position players in MLB history by WAR, and he won't turn 23 till October.

Bryce Harper grounds out in 4th at-bat

After starting the game 3-for-3 with 3 home runs and 4 RBIs, the Nationals OF showed he's human -- he grounded out to second but still drove in a run in the process. The Nats lead the Marlins 7-2 in the seventh.

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Jayson Stark @jaysonst

What a show by Bryce Harper, still only 22. 3rd youngest NL player ever with a 3 HR game. The 2 younger: Eddie Mathews (20) & Mel Ott (21)

Bryce Harper has 3 homers by 6th inning

The Nationals OF has gone up to bat three times so far this game, and he's hit a home run each time (his 6th, 7th, 8th this season). The Nationals are up 5-2 over the Marlins in the sixth behind Harper's 4 RBIs.

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