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Bryce Harper fuels seven-game winning streak by Nationals

Bryce Harper was already having one of the hottest starts in the Major Leagues, but this past week he took it to another level.

Say what you will about the first 100 days of the new presidency, but there is one campaign that's certainly off to a rousing start in the nation's capital: That of Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper.

The 24-year old right fielder is hitting .400 on the season (leading all big leaguers by a .013 margin), slugging .815 and is one off the Major League lead in both home runs (he has 7, trailing Eric Thames) and RBIs (he has 20, trailing Marcell Ozuna). 

This past week, though, was arguably Harper's best. He paced all of baseball with a .550 average (11-for-20), slugged 3 home runs, driven in 7 RBIs and scored 10 runs of his own. Harper's 7 extra-base hits (with 4 doubles) also paced all of Major League Baseball. Harper's 24 bases were tied for the big league lead with Freddie Freeman.

Harper's run has come amidst a seven-game winning streak by the Nationals, a stretch during which Harper has had at least two base hits in five games. Four of those games have come this past week, starting with a 2-for-3 day against the Atlanta Braves in a 3-1 win at SunTrust Park, and then powered a 14-4 onslaught with a 4-for-4 day against the Braves on April 19, scoring three runs and hitting a pair of home runs, driving in 5. Harper's two-out walk in the top of the sixth against R.A. Dickey brought up Ryan Zimmerman, who promptly hit a two-run bomb 431 feet to center field, a drive which proved to be the decisive blow.

The next day, Harper went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs in a 4-3 win at Citi Field over the New York Mets, kicking things off with a two-run home run to center against the Mets' Matt Harvey. Harper then doubled to left in the top of the 11th, and scored on a one-out walk to pinch hitter Trea Turner, which proved to be the winning tally.

Harper was walked three times in a 3-1 win on Saturday, but went 2-for-4 with two runs scored on Sunday in the finale against the Mets, singling and riding home on a home run in the top of the first, and singling and riding home on two-out circuit shot by Zimmerman in the top of the eighth.


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