A little tinkering was all Bryce Harper needed to post his best game with the Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper came into Tuesday’s game desperate to break out of his slump. After hitting just .125 over his previous 14 games, Harper was determined to tinker until something worked.

That might explain why Harper was sporting a new look during his first at-bat Tuesday. The 26-year-old Harper decided to shed his batting gloves hoping it would get him back on track.

Harper walked, but he wasn’t happy with that result. The au naturale grip just didn’t feel right.

So Harper decided to go back to his batting gloves in his second at-bat. The result: A grand slam.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies commits an error attempting to catch a fly ball in the eighth inning during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Tigers won 3-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 06: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts against the Minnesota Twins at Citizens Bank Park on April 6, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Twins defeated the Phillies 6-2. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 10: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies catches a fly ball at the wall in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on April 10, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper watches a video tribute in honor of him from the dugout before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Philadelphia Phillies' Rhys Hoskins (17) celebrates his home run with Maikel Franco, right, as Bryce Harper, left, watches during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 7-3. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 09: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies stretches in the first inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 09, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 09: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits in the first inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 09, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 09: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies leads off first in the first inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 09, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 09: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits in the first inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 09, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 09: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies is congratulated after scoring in the first inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 09, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 03: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies works out at Spectrum Field on March 03, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 2: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies speaks during the press conference introducing Harper as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday March 2, 2019 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 2: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies puts on his new jersey during the press conference introducing Harper as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday March 2, 2019 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 2: The Philly Phanatic welcomes Bryce Harper to the press conference introducing Harper as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday March 2, 2019 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 03: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies works out at Spectrum Field on March 03, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 03: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies works out at Spectrum Field on March 03, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 03: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies works out at Spectrum Field on March 03, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 03: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies works out at Spectrum Field on March 03, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 3: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies steps on to the field for his first workout as a member of the Phillies on Sunday March 3, 2019 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 3: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies steps on to the field for his first workout as a member of the Phillies on Sunday March 3, 2019 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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The grand slam was enough to make Tuesday’s game Harper’s best since joining the Phillies. It was the first time in his Phillies career that Harper drove in four runs in a single game.

Harper added to his day in the fifth inning with a single against Dakota Hudson, finishing 2-for-3 with the grand slam, two runs, four RBI and a walk to key an 11-1 rout of the Cardinals.

Harper has struggled to adjust to his new surroundings thus far. Entering Tuesday’s game, he was hitting just .226/.364/.452 over his first 151 plate appearances.

Making contact has been a big issue, as Harper’s contact rate is a career-low 65.4 percent. That ranks as the sixth-worst among qualified hitters.

While it’s foolish to think a batting-gloves tweak could be the thing to get Harper going, his track record indicates better things are coming.

It could be total coincidence that Harper’s batting-glove gambit paid off, but Phillies fans will take it after watching Harper flail at pitches all season.

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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