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Bryce Harper makes history in Nationals’ Game 5 defeat



Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper, right, reacts after crossing home plate on a solo home run, next to St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the third inning of Game 5 of the National League division baseball series on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Washington.

WASHINGTON — Until Friday night's Game 5, Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper looked overmatched in his first playoff series with just one hit and six strikeouts in 18 at-bats.

But the team leader with nine triples during the regular season became the first teenager in postseason history to hit one in the first. He followed it up with a long home run to right leading off the third.

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