Nationals OF Bryce Harper takes awkward tumble making throw, hurts leg and exits the game.

The All-Star took an awkward tumble while throwing home, held his left leg while down on the ground and then gingerly walked off the field.

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Archer (8-4) allowed eight hits and three runs with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings. Given the history, he was admittedly anxious when the play first happened, though he felt more encouraged after meeting with team doctors.

The Rays used four relievers to finish, with Brad Boxberger logging his first save since May 31.

“When they’re hitting their spots like that, things usually go well”, Casali said after the game.

“It’s not to that point”, he said.

“It put United States one run closer”, Cash said of the homer. Harper seemed to slip on the wet grass as he was loading up to make a throw from the outfield and his knee appeared to buckle.

The Nationals announced the Harper was removed with a mild hamstring strain and will be reevaluated on Friday.

DeJesus hit for Elmore and tripled off the center field wall to score Cabrera and give the Rays a 5-3 lead.

A problematic plastic poncho gave some Major League Baseball commentators something to chuckle about as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Washington Nationals 5-0.

Cole (11-2) allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings. “Almost non-competitive pitches”. In the bottom half, Escobar’s bloop single the fifth off Archer in two innings scored Michael A. Taylor from third to make it 3-1.

On top of that, Denard Span has been dealing with a nagging knee injury, and both Anthony Rendon and Doug Fister have missed time due to injuries.

Rays: Pregame rain prevented OF John Jaso (left wrist contusion) from taking on-field batting practice for the first time this season.

“Obviously, I wanted to get him out”, Zimmermann said of facing Souza for the first time.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg could return to the Nationals for his next start following a successful rehab outing with Double-A Harrisburg on Wednesday.

UPDATE: Manager Matt Williams says Harper has a strained hamstring. The throw sailed 40 feet wide of the intended target, landing in the third-base dugout as Harper fell to the ground in pain. Burnett, who will be making career start No. 418.

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