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MLB roundup: Nationals’ Bryce Harper a hit in return

Home run on first swing sparks Washington in rout

Bryce Harper, fresh off the DL, salutes the fans after homering in the first inning.

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Bryce Harper, fresh off the DL, salutes the fans after homering in the first inning.

On his first swing back from a knee injury, Bryce Harper hit a curtain-call home run.

‘‘Typical Bryce right there, he’s all about the drama,’’ Nationals teammate Jayson Werth said. ‘‘He didn’t disappoint us, I guess.’’

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Harper’s first-inning solo shot Monday night was the spark for Washington in a 10-5 pounding of the slumping Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park.

It was the 20-year-old Harper’s only hit of the night, but the domino effect was real. Werth had five RBIs and starting pitcher Jordan Zimmerman was an unexpected offensive juggernaut with a team-high three hits, including a double to start a five-run third inning and a single to open a two-run fourth.

Put it all together and the Nationals had their second runaway win in as many days.

Harper missed 31 games with bursitis in his left knee and was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game. Batting third and playing left field, he launched the second pitch he saw, a fastball from Yovani Gallardo (6-8), into the visitors’ bullpen beyond left field for an opposite-field homer.

It was Harper’s 13th homer of the season and 24th RBI. He hurt his knee in Los Angeles May 13 and reinjured it several times over the following two weeks before going on the disabled list. He finished 1 for 4 with a walk on Monday.

Harper and his teammates made life easy for Zimmermann (12-3), who had an 8-0 lead at one point and pitched six innings. He allowed four runs and tied unbeaten Max Scherzer of the Tigers for the major league lead in wins.

Blue Jays 8, Tigers 3 — R.A. Dickey (8-8) won again, Jose Reyes and Mark DeRosa homered, and Toronto beat slumping Detroit for its seventh straight home win.

Yankees 10, Twins 4 — Robinson Cano homered twice and Zoilo Almonte had three hits and two RBIs as New York broke a five-game skid. The Yankees’ slumbering offense broke out in Minneapolis, scoring double-digit runs for the first time since May 10.

Rays 12, Astros 0— Matt Moore allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings for his 11th win, and Ryan Roberts homered twice in Houston as Tampa Bay won its third straight.

Marlins 4, Padres 0 — Jose Fernandez (5-4) struck out 10 and allowed only two hits in a career-high eight innings as host Miami won its third in a row.

Mets 5, Diamondbacks 4 — Andrew Brown hit a two-run single in the bottom of the 13th to lift New York after Arizona went ahead in the top of the inning on Cody Ross’s solo homer.

Reds 8, Giants 1 — Todd Frazier homered and drove in four runs and host Cincinnati routed San Francisco in a game shortened to six innings because of rain.

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