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Bryce Harper Hits 1st Career Home Run In 3rd Inning Against Padres (VIDEO)

Washington Nationals' rookie Byrce Harper hit his first home run in the bottom of the third inning against the San Diego Padres on Monday night. Harper took a Tyler Stauffer slider to straight away center field, ripping it into the green grass of the batter's eye section beyond the wall.

It was a solo homer that capped a three-run inning for Washington. Harper held back on the breaking ball, going inside-out to drive one. He set a brisk pace on his first trot around the bases. The crowd was sparse at Nationals Park, but they still requested a curtain call from superstar rookie. Harper obliged and went to the top of the dugout, acknowledging the fans.

The Nationals lead the series opener against the Padres 4-3 in the top of the fourth.

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