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Harper homers in return, Nats rout Brewers 10-5

Harper homers in return, Nats rout Brewers 10-5
Posted July 1st, 2013 @ 9:12pm

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Bryce Harper homered on his first swing since coming off the disabled list and his Washington Nationals teammates quickly joined in, beating the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 10-5 on Monday night.

After missing 31 games with bursitis in his left knee _ the most lingering fallout from his collision with the Dodger Stadium wall _ Harper energized the Nationals and sparked their second rout in two days. After toying with .500 for the entire month of June, Washington moved two games above the break-even mark for the first time since late May.

Jayson Werth had five RBIs, and even pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was an 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.

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