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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, August 13, 2017 1:00 am


Nats' Harper slips on base, injures knee

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Bryce Harper appeared to injure his left knee when he slipped on a wet first base, a potentially devastating blow to the NL East-leading Washington Nationals.

While running out a ground ball to the right side of the infield in the first inning Saturday night against the San Francisco Giants, Harper avoided contact with first baseman Ryder Jones and his left foot slipped on the base. His leg buckled, he went airborne and fell to the ground as his helmet went flying.

Harper clutched at his left knee after going down and was attended to by trainers. The star outfielder put no weight on his left leg as he was helped off the field by hitting coach Rick Schu and head athletic trainer Paul Lessard.

The game began just after 10 p.m. after a 3-hour rain delay. It was still raining when Harper's injury happened. Major League Baseball was in control of weather decisions because it's the Giants' final trip to Washington this season.

Harper, the 2015 NL MVP, is hitting .327 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI this season. He played in 105 of Washington's first 113 games. 

Saturday's games

DIAMONDBACKS 6, CUBS 2: In Phoenix, Patrick Corbin pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and David Peralta hit an inside-the-park home run as Arizona cut Chicago's NL Central lead over St. Louis to a percentage point.

Jon Lester (8-7) gave up four runs – three earned – and seven hits in six innings as the Cubs lost their third straight and for the seventh time in nine games.

BREWERS 6, REDS 5, 10 inn.: In Milwaukee, Eric Sogard scampered home with the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning as Milwaukee snapped a six-game losing streak.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Reds reliever Tim Adleman pitched an 0-2 curveball that bounced away from catcher Tucker Barnhart, allowing Sogard to slide in just ahead of Adleman's tag attempt. 

TIGERS 12, TWINS 11: In Detroit, Justin Upton hit a two-run homer off Matt Belisle in the ninth inning to lift Detroit, which wasted a five-run lead and then overcame a five-run deficit to stop the Twins' six-game winning streak.

ROYALS 5, WHITE SOX 4: In Chicago, Melky Cabrera hit a go-ahead, two-run homer against his former team in the eighth inning as Kansas City stopped a five-game losing streak.

Cabrera, acquired from Kansas City on July 30, homered with one out off Aaron Bummer (1-3).