Anthony Rendon

Harper, Zimmerman hit 8th-inning homers as Nationals top Cubs to even series

Harper, Zimmerman hit 8th-inning homers as Nationals top Cubs to even series

The ball that resuscitated a franchise soared high into the Washington night. It passed directly over the Nationals’ bullpen, where Brandon Kintzler tapped gloves with Sean Doolittle, then screamed in Doolittle’s face. It was hit with such authority that Victor Robles, the runner on first base, turned to face the outfield, to see just how far it would go, then thrust both arms into the sky before he even thought about running. Its flight was so majestic that Bryce Harper admired his work, shrugged, flipped his bat aside and started slowly toward first base.

As he did, Harper’s father turned toward his mother and said, “I love you.” Harper’s father opted not to jump up and down, he...

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