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Harper, defying matchup, homers off Harvey

Slugger was 1-for-26 lifetime against Mets RHP before Friday's two-run homer
MLB.com @JamalCollier

NEW YORK -- When considering why Mets right-hander Matt Harvey had enjoyed so much success against Bryce Harper in their careers, Nationals manager Dusty Baker hoped the law of averages would eventually even out.

Harper entered Friday's game 1-for-26 with seven strikeouts in his career against Harvey, but Harper is hitting everyone during this torrid run to start the season. He smashed a two-run homer in the first inning against Harvey, and then doubled and scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning in the Nats' 4-3 victory against Mets.

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NEW YORK -- When considering why Mets right-hander Matt Harvey had enjoyed so much success against Bryce Harper in their careers, Nationals manager Dusty Baker hoped the law of averages would eventually even out.

Harper entered Friday's game 1-for-26 with seven strikeouts in his career against Harvey, but Harper is hitting everyone during this torrid run to start the season. He smashed a two-run homer in the first inning against Harvey, and then doubled and scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning in the Nats' 4-3 victory against Mets.

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"It's all in the past," Harper said of his struggles against Harvey. "You try to go up there, clear slate every single year and every single game. That's what I try to do. Harvey's really good up there, mixes his pitches really well. Heater always is good and offspeed and changeup as well, so just trying to have good at-bats. I got a pitch I could drive and did some damage."

Harper now has five homers in his past seven games to bring his total up to seven on the season. He is hitting .407/.521/.864 and continues to show signs of being the dominant player who won the National League Most Valuable Player Award two seasons ago.

Earlier this week, after Harper continued his success against Braves right-hander Julio Teheran, he acknowledged that at any time his numbers can change, even if he has had an advantage against a pitcher. Perhaps Friday night signified a change in the matchup between Harvey and Harper.

Baker sure hopes so.

"Hey man, you gotta be on the money sometimes," Baker said after the game. "So hopefully the worm has turned and he's kind of figured him out a little bit."

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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