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Hometown hero Bryce Harper wins thrilling All-Star Home Run Derby

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Rita Gibson | 19 July, 2018, 04:16

Nationals superstar Bryce Harper on Monday night won the 2018 Home Run Derby in his home ballpark and in front of tens of thousands of adoring Nats fans. Harper participated in the 2013 Derby but finished in second place behind Yoenis Céspedes.

For one night at least, the hometown fans at Nationals Park had something to cheer about.

But did that stop Cubs fans from fuming?

The Cubs outfielder went first in the final round and had 18 home runs.

"It was a ton of fun", Schwarber told ESPN.

Harper hit 45 home runs en route to winning the trophy.

The semifinal required Schwarber to play some catch-up after Hoskins, who upset top seed Jesus Aguilar in the first round, hit 20 homers to start off.

"No, for Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, there is no pressure", Harper said.

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How did Bryce Harper make the Nationals pay for his Home Run Derby performance?

Hoskins downed Aguilar 17-12. As the ball cleared the wall, the left-handed hitting Harper walked out of the batter's box and thrust both arms in the air. The player that hits more homers in the allotted time advances to the next round.

Schwarber led off the matchup, smashing 18 home runs to set the bar for Harper.

Of Hoskins' 37 homers against Phillies minor-league infield coordinator Chris Truby, the longest was a 466-foot shot in the semifinals, according to MLB Statcast.

The most thrilling first-round match featured a near buzzer-beater by Houston's Alex Bregman, who fell to Schwarber 16-15.

He had earned 30 seconds of extra time to hit and homered on the second pitch from his father, Ron, to win it.

Next up was 2018 breakout star Max Muncy, who had pulled off a shock in the first round by knocking out Javier Baez.

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