Harper connects again for fourth homer

Hagerstown right fielder has three longballs in last four games

Bryce Harper has hit safely in four of his last five games. (Bodhi Hill/MiLB.com)

By Danny Wild / MLB.com | April 26, 2011 6:20 PM ET

Bryce Harper went yard for the third time in four games, blasting his fourth career home run in Class A Hagerstown's 8-5 loss to West Virginia on Tuesday.

The Nationals' top prospect clubbed a two-out shot to right field in the first inning off West Virginia starter Tyler Waldron, a right-hander out of Oregon State who allowed just two homers in 64 2/3 innings last year.

The No. 1 pick in the 2010 Draft enjoyed his best game on April 22 when he went 3-for-3 with a homer, six RBIs, two walks and a stolen base against Hickory. The memorable night came one day after blasting a solo drive against the Crawdads.

The Las Vegas native, who finished 1-for-4, is batting .286 with four homers, 15 RBIs, three doubles and three steals in 17 games in the South Atlantic League.

He entered the game Tuesday batting .314 against right-handed pitching and .407 with runners on base.

The 18-year-old outfielder has hit safely in four of his last five games and briefly raised his average over .300 with the long ball.

Danny Wild is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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