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Posted on April 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Bryce Harper launched two long home runs, including a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning, and also doubled Saturday to lead the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 7-6.

Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond homered for the Nationals on Bark in the Park day at Citi Field. Fans paid $35 for tickets in the second deck in right field, and brought their dogs for $10.

After the game, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was being placed on the 15-day disabled list because of persistent tightness in his left hamstring.

Harper hit a two-run homer to right-center in the third. He then hit the first pitch from Josh Edgin (0-1) in the eighth even farther and harder to right-center for his seventh home run.

Tyler Clippard (1-0) got four outs for the win and Rafael Soriano closed for his sixth save.

REDS 3, MARLINS 2, 13 INNINGS

CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Phillips had a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 13th inning, giving the Reds a victory over the Marlins.

Facing Steve Cishek (1-2), Miami's seventh pitcher of the game, Shin-Soo Choo led off the 13th with an opposite-field double down the left field line, his sixth time on base in seven plate appearances — he walked three times. Zack Cozart sustained an apparent right-hand injury while trying to bunt, and pinch-hitter Cesar Izturis moved Choo to third with a fly ball to center field. Joey Votto was intentionally walked, and Phillips — on his bobblehead day — lofted the fly to center field.

Alfredo Simon (1-1) retired the Marlins in order to get the win.

CARDINALS 5, PHILLIES 0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lance Lynn threw one-hit ball for seven innings and Carlos Beltran homered for the third straight game to lead the Cardinals over the Phillies.

Lynn (3-0) did not allow a hit until John Mayberry Jr., led off the fifth with a double. Lynn struck out eight and walked three in his longest outing of the season.

Trevor Rosenthal and Mitchell Boggs each tossed a scoreless inning to combine for St. Louis' fourth shutout of the season.

Beltran's solo shot off Cliff Lee (2-1) in the fifth inning gave him homers in the first three games of the four-game series. Allen Craig had a two-run single in a four-run third for the Cards.

Lee easily had his worst start of the year. After walking one batter in 23 2-3 innings this year, he walked the bases loaded in the third that led to St. Louis' big inning.

PIRATES 3, BRAVES 1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — James McDonald pitched six dominant inning and Gaby Sanchez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer to lead the Pirates to a victory over Atlanta.

In quite a contrast to his previous start, McDonald (2-2) struck out nine while allowing only one run on two hits. McDonald was tagged for eight runs in 1 2-3 innings on Monday in a loss to St. Louis.

Sanchez's first home run of the season broke a 1-all tie and capped a three-run sixth. Paul Maholm (3-1) carried a two-hit shutout into the inning and had not allowed a run in 25 1-3 innings this season.

Atlanta (13-4), which has the best record in the major leagues, lost consecutive games for the first this season.

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