Video: Bryce Harper hits a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper didn’t start, but he still took sole possession for the major league in home runs at nine, tying Sunday’s game between the Twins and Nationals at four in the bottom of the ninth. Harper, pinch-hitting for Michael Taylor, worked a full count against reliever Kevin Jepsen, then drilled a 96 MPH fastball to center field.

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The reigning NL MVP is now hitting .323/.405/.855 with 23 RBI and the MLB-best nine dingers.

The Nationals needed more than Harper’s home run, however. Chris Heisey won it in the bottom of the 16th with a walk-off solo home run off of Michael Tonkin.