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WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper is as sentimental about his first big league homer as he is about the rest of the many milestones in his baseball career.
The ball's headed for a cardboard box.
After the game, the ball was sitting in his locker with "1st ML HR" written on it in ballpoint pen. The keepsake was going to get a place alongside his first home run ever -- at around age 7 -- and other mementos. He had a hard time remembering other saved items.
"I don't really keep track," Harper said. "All my stuff is in just a box. Posters, magazines -- I don't really care."
Harper raced around the bases quickly after driving a 2-1 pitch from Tim Stauffer onto the grass backdrop just to the left of the 402-foot marker in the third inning. He continued his sprint straight to the dugout, where he exchanged high-fives with teammates.
Harper is the youngest player in the majors -- and, at 19 years, 211 days old, the youngest to hit a homer since Adrian Beltre of the Los Angeles Dodgers connected when he was 19 years, 171 days old on Sept. 25, 1998, according to STATS LLC.
The home run came in the outfielder's 15th game and 54th at-bat with the Nationals.
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The crowd at Nationals Park cheered until Harper came to the top of the dugout steps for a curtain call, thrusting his right index finger into the air.
"It was pretty cool. I was pretty excited about that," Harper said. "I wasn't sure if I should've went up there, but all the veteran guys were like, `Go. Get up there."'
Harper's homer, along with solo shots by Chad Tracy and Xavier Nady in the eighth inning, lifted Washington to the victory but the Nationals also suffered another in a long line of injuries this season.
Catcher Sandy Leon -- making his major league debut -- left the game in the fourth inning after suffering a high right ankle sprain in a collision at home plate. Chase Headley was one of three Padres to score in the fourth when he bowled into Leon on a play at the plate, causing the catcher's right ankle to buckle under him.
"I don't know if it was the throw that kind of took him in there, but he really left me nowhere to go," Headly said. "It's really unfortunate that it happened."
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Leon would go on the disabled list and the team would likely call up catcher Carlos Maldonado from Triple-A Syracuse.
Leon had his right leg in a tall boot-like brace in the clubhouse after the game, and did not speak with reporters. He was called up from Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday to replace catcher Wilson Ramos, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee a day earlier at Cincinnati. Leon started Monday's game and struck out in his only at-bat.
"It's tough seeing Ramos go down the other night, then when Sandy gets here -- you hate seeing a guy go down, let alone in his big league debut," said Nationals starter Ross Detwiler, who gave up a season-high four earned runs in five innings.
The Nationals led 8-6 going into the ninth inning. Closer Henry Rodriguez walked the bases loaded with one out before giving way to Sean Burnett, who got Jesus Guzman to ground into a 1-2-3 double play for his first save.
"If you can draw it up, that's probably the play," Burnett said.
Headley was in the middle of several of the game's big moments. He doubled in the fourth before scoring on the play that knocked out Leon and briefly gave the Padres a 5-4 lead an inning later with an RBI single. He also made two errors.
Stauffer was reinstated from the disabled list before the game and started for the first time this season after being sidelined with a strained right elbow. He gave up four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked three.
Harper's homer gave the Nationals a 4-1 lead, but San Diego tied the game with a three-run inning in the fourth, including Orlando Hudson's single to center field that scored two runs, the second coming on Headley's collision with Leon.
After Headley gave the Padres the lead an inning later, Ian Desmond put Washington ahead for good in the sixth with a two-run double off the right field wall. Nady and Tracy added a pair of insurance runs with their eighth-inning solo shots.
|The Nats' 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper salutes the home crowd after hitting his first career MLB home run. (Getty Images)|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.210|
|Chris Denorfia, RF||4||0||1||0||1||0||0||.269|
|Jesus Guzman, LF||5||1||1||0||0||2||2||.277|
|Yonder Alonso, 1B||4||2||2||0||0||1||1||.300|
|Chase Headley, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.250|
|Nick Hundley, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.171|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||.209|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.133|
|a- Will Venable, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.255|
|Tim Stauffer, P||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jeff Suppan, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Miles Mikolas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Thatcher, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luke Gregerson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- James Darnell, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.222|
|a-walked for Bartlett in the 9th|
|b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Stauffer in the 6th|
|c-fouled out for Gregerson in the 9th|
|2B - Jesus Guzman (9, Detwiler), Yonder Alonso (12, Detwiler), Chase Headley (8, Detwiler)|
|SH - Tim Stauffer (1), Jeff Suppan (2)|
|RBI - Chase Headley (17), Orlando Hudson 2 (11), Tim Stauffer (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley (7)|
|SB - Orlando Hudson (3, 3rd base off Detwiler/Flores)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Hudson-Bartlett-Alonso|
|E - Chase Headley 2 (4, Throwing)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Miles Mikolas (BS,1; L,0-1)||0.1||2||2||2||1||0||0||13.50|
|IBB - Zimmerman by Joe Thatcher|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Stauffer 91-55, Miles Mikolas 10-5, Joe Thatcher 22-14, Luke Gregerson 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Stauffer 6-3, Miles Mikolas 1-0, Luke Gregerson 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Tim Stauffer 24, Miles Mikolas 4, Joe Thatcher 6, Luke Gregerson 5|
|Ian Desmond, SS||5||2||3||2||0||0||0||.271|
|Roger Bernadina, LF||3||1||2||0||0||0||1||.246|
|a- Xavier Nady, PH-LF||2||1||1||1||0||0||1||.138|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||2||0||1||1||3||0||0||.241|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||0||1||0||1||4||.325|
|Bryce Harper, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.232|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.216|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||2||1||0||0||2||1||1||.268|
|Sandy Leon, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Jesus Flores, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Ross Detwiler, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Craig Stammen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chad Tracy, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.293|
|Henry Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Bernadina in the 6th|
|b-homered for Clippard in the 8th|
|2B - Ian Desmond (11, Mikolas)|
|HR - Xavier Nady (2, Gregerson), Bryce Harper (1, Stauffer), Chad Tracy (3, Gregerson)|
|SH - Craig Stammen (2)|
|RBI - Ian Desmond 2 (14), Xavier Nady (3), Ryan Zimmerman (8), Adam LaRoche (25), Bryce Harper (4), Chad Tracy (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Xavier Nady (2), Bryce Harper (2)|
|SB - Adam LaRoche (1, 2nd base off Stauffer/Hundley)|
|CS - Ian Desmond (1, 2nd base by Stauffer/Hundley)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Burnett-Flores-LaRoche|
|E - Ian Desmond (6, Misplayed grounder), Bryce Harper (2, Dropped fly)|
|Craig Stammen (W,3-0)||2||0||0||0||0||3||0||1.29|
|Tyler Clippard (H,9)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.38|
|Henry Rodriguez (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||3||0||0||4.60|
|Sean Burnett (S,1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.90|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ross Detwiler 87-56, Craig Stammen 22-17, Tyler Clippard 9-6, Henry Rodriguez 21-8, Sean Burnett 6-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Detwiler 9-4, Craig Stammen 3-1, Tyler Clippard 2-0, Sean Burnett 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ross Detwiler 24, Craig Stammen 7, Tyler Clippard 3, Henry Rodriguez 4, Sean Burnett 1|
|Attendance - 19434|
|Game Time - 3:04|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Al Porter|