Fairy-tale debut for Milone as Nats beat Mets 8-7

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“It felt almost like I didn’t feel it come off the bat,” Milone said. “It felt that good.”

Milone became the first pitcher in Nationals history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat and just the eighth pitcher in major league history to do it on the first pitch of his first at-bat. The last to do it was Adam Wainwright, five years ago, but he was a reliever. The only other pitchers to homer in their first at-bats in franchise history are Guillermo Mota in 1999 and Dustin Hermanson in 1997.

“It was a no-doubter,” Desmond said. “Right off the bat, I put my hands up like he was my brother or something. It was awesome. It was fun.”

For one night, so, too, was the end of the game for the Nationals.

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