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Bryce Harper hits home runs in first 3 ABs for Nationals, then grounds out

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WASHINGTON — 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.

PHOTO: Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, center, is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a home run against the Miami Marlins during the third inning of their baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. This was Harper's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, center, is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a home run against the Miami Marlins during the third inning of their baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. This was Harper's second home run of the game.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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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