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Harper crushes NL-best 15th homer

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WASHINGTON -- Perhaps Bryce Harper's bat is beginning to heat up once again.

Harper crushed a solo home run to straightaway center field in the fifth inning against Padres left-hander Eric Lauer, setting up the Nationals' 2-1 walk-off victory.

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WASHINGTON -- Perhaps Bryce Harper's bat is beginning to heat up once again.

Harper crushed a solo home run to straightaway center field in the fifth inning against Padres left-hander Eric Lauer, setting up the Nationals' 2-1 walk-off victory.

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It was Harper's National League-leading 15th home run of the season, one crushed at 110 mph off his bat that traveled 433 feet as projected by Statcast™, landing on the batter's eye in center field.

Video: SD@WSH: Harper crushes a 433-ft. homer vs. Padres

It was the second consecutive night Harper has swatted a home run, an encouraging sign for the Nationals star, who has been scuffling at the plate this month. But after a pair of hits Monday night, he had two hits in his first three at-bats Tuesday.

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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