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Harper hits 3-run homer, has 4 RBIs to lead Nationals split squad over Mets 8-5

Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer off Matt Harvey in the first inning and added an RBI single in the seventh, leading a Washington Nationals split squad to an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets Wednesday.

Jordan Zimmermann pitched four strong innings for the Nationals, giving up one run while striking out six. Ryan Zimmerman, once again batting in the designated hitter spot, had two hits, including an RBI single.

Harper raised his spring training average to .444. Harper has three home runs.

Harvey gave up three runs and three hits in four innings. He struck out six.

Collin Cowgill homered for the Mets.