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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park, Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Juan Soto comes through again as Nationals edge Orioles

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer gave up more homers than normal and center fielder Bryce Harper took far more pitches than is usually the case on Thursday night against the Baltimore Orioles. The numbers still added up to a 4-2 win for the Nationals over the Orioles as rookie teen sensation Juan Soto drove in two runs to break a tie in the last of the eighth before a crowd of 36,868 at Nationals Park.

Baltimore Orioles' Caleb Joseph hits a RBI single to tie the game during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) **FILE**

Joseph brothers relish role as teammates on Orioles

The story got even better at Nationals Park on Tuesday, as Joseph and his brother Caleb - a catcher for the Orioles - were teammates at the major league level for the first time. They became the first brothers to suit up for the Orioles since Cal Ripken, Jr. and Billy Ripken in 1996.

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper reacts after he grounded out during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington. The Yankees won 4-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Rizzo feels Harper will break out of slump soon

The left-handed slugger leads the National League in homers with 19 and has driven in 44 runs. Harper has a slugging mark of .470 and has drawn 53 walks. But the Las Vegas native has fanned 72 times in 249 at-bats and his average has fallen to .213.

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