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Goodwin smacks first MLB home run

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Washington Nationals' Brian Goodwin, left, is congratulated by Michael Taylor (3) after hitting a two-run home run off Oakland Athletics' Zach Neal iduring the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 2, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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From staff reports

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Washington Nationals outfielder and Rocky Mount High graduate Brian Goodwin had the best game of his short MLB career on Friday night.

Goodwin had four hits, including a home run, to help the Nationals defeat the Oakland Athletics, 13-3, on Friday night. It was the first home run in the big leagues.

The former Gryphons star played right field in place of Bryce Harper, who was serving the third of his four-game suspension for his role in Monday’s brawl with the San Francisco Giants. Goodwin’s four hits were a career high. The Nationals currently lead the NL East by 11 games and has a 34-19 record.

Goodwin’s home run came in the top of the seventh inning. It was a two-run shot to push Washington’s lead to seven runs. 

Goodwin is hitting .310 in 29 at-bats, has knocked in five RBIs, scored three times and stolen on base.

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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