Bryce Harper homered into the bullpen restroom at Citizens Bank Park

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The Phillies and Nationals entered the 10th inning of Sunday’s series finale tied at 1-1 and for some reason, the Phillies chose not to pitch around reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper. Harper made them pay for it, smoking a Jeanmar Gomez sinker into the visiting bullpen at Citizens Bank Park. As luck would have it, the ball went directly into the bullpen restroom.

The MLB.com video doesn’t have a camera angle that shows the ball’s final destination, but someone uploaded a quick video that does show it — here.

Closer Jonathan Papelbon took the mound in the bottom of the 10th to try and nail down the save against his former team, but he couldn’t get the job done. Peter Bourjos hit a one-out double, then came around to score when Andres Blanco hit a line drive RBI single to left field, tying the game at 2-2. Freddy Galvis followed up with a double over the head of left fielder Jayson Werth to bring Blanco home for the walk-off 3-2 win.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).