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Nathan Karns hits first HR by American League pitcher in 4 years

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Nathan Karns hit a home run in the third inning against Philadelphia Phillies starter Aaron Nola on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, the first American League pitcher to hit a home run in 2015.

In fact, the home run by Karns was the first hit by an AL pitcher in over four years, since July 3, 2011, when Zach Britton homered for the Baltimore Orioles against the Atlanta Braves.

It was the first major league hit for Karns, who was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and three sacrifice bunts in his career entering Tuesday.

Rays pitchers were 0-for-14 with eight strikeouts and two sacrifice bunts this season before Karns went deep to center field.

It was also the first run home run allowed by Nola, the highly touted prospect making his major league debut for the Phillies.