Harper 2nd-youngest player to homer in postseason

Harper 2nd-youngest player to homer in postseason
October 12, 2012, 10:16 pm
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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper heads home on a home run by Ryan Zimmerman during the first inning of Game 5 of the National League division baseball series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper has become the first teenager to hit a triple in a postseason game - and the second-youngest player to homer.

The 19-year-old Harper tripled to drive in a run in the first inning, then hit a solo shot leading off the third, both against St. Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright in Game 5 of an NL division series Friday night.

The only player younger than Harper, who turns 20 on Tuesday, to hit a home run in the postseason is Andruw Jones, who was about 19 1/2 when he had two for the Atlanta Braves in 1996. The previous youngest with a triple was 20-year-old Justin Upton for Arizona in 2007, according to STATS LLC.

Harper entered Friday in a 1-for-18 slump in these playoffs.