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Bryce Harper hits 8th inning game-winning HR, wins NLCS MVP as Phillies advance to World Series

Bryce Harper capped a huge NLCS to help the Phillies advance to their first World Series in 13 years.

Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies runs the bases following a two run home run against the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning in game five of the National League Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

UPDATE: We’ve got it official. Bryce Harper won MVP of the 2022 National League Championship Series.

The Philadelphia Phillies are headed back to the World Series for the first time since 2009. The Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 on Sunday to win their National League Championship Series 4-1. They’ll face the winner of the Houston Astros-New York Yankees series. Houston leads 3-0 and can close it out Sunday evening.

The Phillies fought back for a second straight night and once again, Bryce Harper was at the center of the comeback effort. A night after he doubled to give the Phillies their first and final lead of the game, he hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eight to give Philadelphia its winning lead.

The home run closed out an impressive NLCS for Harper that is going to clinch NLCS honors. Harper finished the series with eight hits in 20 at bats (.400) and scoring four runs while knocking in five more.

Rhys Hoskins finished the NLCS with seven RBIs and four runs scored. Kyle Schwarber had a solid series as well with six hits and six runs scored in 15 at bats. Hoskins had a shot at the MVP award, but Harper’s two-run homer should be enough to grab the award.