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Bryce Harper leaves Phillies duel with Cardinals after hitting pitch to the face

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper left the game against the St. Louis Cardinals after suffering a pitch to the face with a 96-mile fastball thrown by Dominican reliever Genesis Cabrera.

The Phillies took the victory over the Cardinals with a score of 5-3 in the duel held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Harper left the field on his own foot, albeit with a little blood on the left side of his nose. The pitch came on Cabrera’s first pitch in the sixth inning.

Cabrera then hit the next batter, Didi Gregorius, causing both benches to be warned. Phillies manager Joe Girardi came out of the dugout to complain to home plate umpire Chris Segal and was sent off.

Matt Joyce entered the game as a pinch runner in place of Harper and Gregorius remained on the field. Cabrera allowed an RBI single by Andrew McCtuchen the next at-turn and was relieved.

By Major League Baseball rules, Cabrera had to face one more batter before Cardinals manager Mike Shildt could remove him from the game.

In his first two at-bats, Harper hit an infield ground and was struck out. Gregorius doubled and struck out in his two official at-bats.

AP contributed to this report.

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