Bryce Harper reached base in eight consecutive plate appearances

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had quite an afternoon in Sunday’s series finale against the Reds. He went 2-for-4, hitting a pair of solo home runs and drawing a walk in his last three plate appearances. The second homer came immediately after a Reds fan heckled him by yelling “Overrated!”

Harper stayed hot on Monday, at least when the Braves would allow him to swing the bat. Harper drilled a three-run home run in the second inning and drew four walks in his first five plate appearances. He grounded out with the bases loaded to end the top of the ninth, which also ended his streak of reaching base consecutively. He had drawn five walks and hit three home runs over a span of eight trips to the plate. Harper had also homered in three consecutive at-bats prior to the ground out.

Not even Braves fans could resist calling him overrated, as heard in this clip posted by Jake Russell of the Washington Post:

That, by the way, was four innings after Harper hit his three-run jack. Through the first four games, Harper is batting a cool .415/.550/1.167. The Nationals are 4-0 after beating the Braves 8-1 on Monday.

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).