Harper-less Nationals split doubleheader against Giants

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Published 4:31 p.m. ET Aug. 13, 2017 | Updated 11:06 p.m. ET Aug. 13, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Howie Kendrick hit a game-ending grand slam in the 11th inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Sunday in the finale of a day-night doubleheader.

Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman also homered for Washington in the makeup of Friday night’s rainout. Max Scherzer struck out 10 in seven innings and Matt Albers (6-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

San Francisco took the opener 4-2, with Chris Stratton striking out a career-high 10 in 6 2/3 shutout innings.

It was Washington’s first day since slugger Bryce Harper got hurt Saturday when he slipped on first base. The All-Star has a significant bone bruise in his left knee but no ligament damage, general manager Mike Rizzo said. The Nationals hope he can return this season.

Asked for his initial reaction when he tumbled, Harper…

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