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Bryce Harper in a Wicked Slump, But Phillies Don't Earn This Satisfying Win Without His Glove


Harper made a game-saving diving catch with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning of a tied game Monday night.


In the bottom half of the inning, the Phillies scored three runs to claim a 7-4 victory over the Brewers on a cold, wet, long, miserable night.


The game was played at a plodding pace, with Aaron Nola and Brewers starter Freddy Peralta combining to throw 153 pitches through the first three innings.


But finally, after a poor start from Nola, six strong innings from the bullpen, another big night from Cesar Hernandez and Harper's timely defense, the Phillies came away with a series-opening victory over a dangerous Brewers team (see observations) .


He showed signs last Monday in St. Louis of returning to that Cy Young-caliber form with by far his best curveball and best overall command against a potent Cardinals lineup.


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