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Bryce Harper breaks slump with three-homer game in Phillies boost

Bryce Harper has had a poor start to the season. Then, Tuesday night, it happened.

The Phillies superstar hit three homers in the first seven innings against the Reds, saving the best for last with a grand slam.

Harper was off to an 0-for-11 start, the worst stretch to start a season of his career that included two National League MVPs.

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper (3) runs the bases after hitting his second home run of the game during the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

On top of that, Harper’s most memorable moment in Philadelphia’s 1-4 start was arguably his fall into the first base dugout and failure to catch a foul ball Saturday against the rival Braves.

His big night against the Reds should change that, however.

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper (3) runs the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

Harper’s big day started with the jump when he crushed a 420-foot solo home run to center field past Cincinnati starter Graham Ashcraft.

The slugger got the better of Ashcraft again in the fourth when he hit a line drive over the right field wall for a solo home run.

The explosion was a milestone for Harper, who scored his 1,000th career point.

Harper opened the game in the seventh inning against left-handed reliever Brent Suter, hitting a downfield pitch out of the strike zone 422 feet into right-center field for his third homer of the night.

It was only the second time he hit a three-homer game, most recently in 2015 with the Nationals.

Bryce Harper had his first three hits of the season Tuesday night. P.A.

If it wasn’t for Will Benson’s spectacular diving catch in the sixth, Harper probably would have had four extra-base hits in four at-bats.

But the three home runs and six RBIs should be enough to put an end to his bad patch at the start of the season.

New York Post

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