Nationals rightfielder Bryce Harper hit a walk-off home run Saturday to give Washington an 8–6 win over the Atlanta Braves. Harper's home run was his sixth in three games, and the third walkoff of his career.
With one out and Yunel Escobar on first base in the bottom of the ninth, Harper lined the second pitch he saw from Braves righthander Cody Martin, an 82 MPH slider, over the centerfield wall at Nationals Park.
According to MLB's Statcast technology, Harper's walkoff went 435 feet and had a 111 mph exit velocity.
Harper's home run, his 11th of the season, was his second hit in four at-bats on Saturday. He also singled to left in the bottom of the fifth and scored one batter later on a Ryan Zimmerman home run. Harper also walked once and struck out once.
The win moved the Nationals (16–15) above .500 for the first time this year. They trail the New York Mets by three games in the NL East.
- MIke Fiammetta