Washington Nationals Bryce Harper hits a ninth-inning, three-run, double in a baseball game against the New York Mets in New York, Thursday, April 30, 2015. The Nationals defeated the Mets 8-2. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Kathy Willens
May 06, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) Bryan Harper hit three home runs in his first three at-bats for the Washington Nationals against Miami, then grounded out in what was likely his final trip to the plate..

Harper hit a solo shot in the second inning, a two-run drive in the third and a bases-empty homer in the fifth. The latter two landed in the upper deck.

All the home runs were against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler, and each came on the second pitch of the at-bat.

With a chance to tie the major league record of four homers in a game, Harper hit a run-scoring groundout to second base against Sam Dyson in the seventh inning.

It was the first three-homer game for the left-handed hitting Harper. He previously hit two in a game on five occasions.

Harper is the fourth Nationals player to hit three in one game. He follows Alfonso Soriano, Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman.

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