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Harper's 18th home run helps power Nats' win

In Wednesday's marquee matchup, Bryce Harper mashed his 18th homer in support of Max Scherzer as the Nationals beat Jon Lester and the Cubs.

2hDavid Schoenfield

Wednesday's power rankings

Bryce Harper hit his 18th home run of the season as the Nationals continue to win.

3hESPN Stats & Information

Home run hits of the day

Stats on some of the noteworthy home runs hit Wednesday, including a mammoth shot by a first-year pitcher.

Fact or Fiction with Buster Olney (2:32)
Mets pitcher blasts mammoth homer (0:24)
15hAJ Mass

Updated top 250 fantasy baseball rankings

AJ Mass updates the Top 250 rankings and explains how two-month splits can be used to determine the future value of players, using Dallas Keuchel as an example.

Cruz lands HR in fish tank (0:15)


Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

ESPN Stats/Info: 73 percent of Felix Hernandez's pitches in his shutout Wednesday were breaking balls, highest ever recorded in his starts.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

FROM ELIAS: Bryce Harper is the first player with 13 HR in a 22-day span since Alex Rodriguez in 2003. Rodriguez won the AL MVP that season.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Max Scherzer has allowed 0 or 1 earned run in eight of his 10 starts this season, with 71 innings, 3 HRs, 10 walks, 85 strikeouts.

David Price @DAVIDprice14

Sooooo what's this I hear could possibly happen in California around 4 pm tomorrow?! Honesty is key right here...

Anniversary of 50 Cent's awful pitch

One year ago, 50 Cent threw out the first pitch at a Mets game. If you don't remember, it was just a bit outside.


Braves hold off Dodgers

Nick Markakis's ground-rule double drove in the game's winning run as Alex Wood (7 IP, ER, 6 K) and the Braves escaped Dodgers Stadium with a win. L.A. starter Zack Greinke (6 IP, ER, 9 K) has allowed only one run in each of his last 4 starts, but is 0-1 over that stretch.


Padres edge Angels to win series

Justin Upton and Matt Kemp hit back-to-back RBI singles in the 7th to give San Diego the cushion it needed to hold off the Angels 5-4.


Braves add 2 in the 8th, lead 3-1

Andrelton Simmons scored on a wild pitch and Nick Markakis' ground-rule double brought home Jace Peterson to give the Braves the lead at Dodgers Stadium. Follow live


Cardinals walk off thanks to error

Jason Heyward started off the bottom of the 9th with a game-tying homer and Matt Carpenter scored the winning run on a throwing error as the Cardinals earned their 4th straight win with a 4-3 victory over the D-backs.


David Schoenfield @dschoenfield

Noticed this about Max Scherzer: More fastballs and sliders this year, fewer curveballs and changeups and thus more strikes/fewer walks.

Angels @Angels

Back and forth we go. San Diego retakes the lead after Upton's ball rolls just out of Aybar's reach, scoring Amarista.

Scherzer, Nats blank Cubs

Max Scherzer struck out 13 over seven innings and Bryce Harper homered yet again, his 18th of the season, leading the Nationals past the Cubs 3-0.

Bryce, Scherzer lead Nats to series win

Bryce Harper hit his second homer in as many nights to give him 18 total this season, and Max Scherzer (13 Ks, 7 IP) outdueled Jon Lester (10 Ks, 7 IP) to win his fifth straight start. Box score