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LaRoche's homer in 15th wins it for Nats against Braves

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ATLANTA -- Adam LaRoche led off the 15th inning with a homer and the Washington Nationals recovered after Stephen Strasburg was ejected and after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth to beat the Atlanta Braves 8-7 on Saturday night.

Strasburg was ejected in the second inning. He hit Justin Upton with a pitch in the first and was tossed after throwing two straight pitches behind Andrelton Simmons' back.

LaRoche lifted a high fly ball into the right-field seats for this 18th homer off Kris Medlen (10-11), who was pressed into service after Atlanta exhausted its bullpen.

The game lasted 5 hours, 29 minutes.

Jason Heyward hit two homers, including a two-run shot in the ninth as Nationals closer Rafael Soriano blew a 7-5 lead.

Craig Stammen (6-5) allowed no hits in three scoreless innings, striking out five with one walk. Dan Haren pitched the 15th for his first career save.

Atlanta's Brian McCann had three hits, including a two-run homer. Freddie Freeman also homered for the Braves. Ryan Zimmerman hit a homer for Washington.

Each team used all its relievers.

Medlen, scheduled to start Tuesday at the Mets, made his first relief appearance of the season as Atlanta's ninth pitcher of the night.

Soriano suffered his sixth blown save. Heyward's second homer of the game, a two-run shot to right-center with two outs in the ninth, sent the game to extra innings.

Braves pitchers hit Bryce Harper with two pitches in Atlanta's win on Friday night, leaving the outfielder bruised and unable to start on Saturday night.

That set the stage for Strasburg.

Strasburg hit Upton in the first inning one pitch after Heyward's leadoff home run. Strasburg was tossed by plate umpire Marvin Hudson after throwing two straight pitches behind Simmons' back in the second.

Hudson also tossed Nationals manager Davey Johnson when he came out to argue.

The drama left Braves fans howling, but no players emerged from either dugout. There were no additional incidents in the game.

Entering the game, Strasburg had thrown three wild pitches in 146 1/3 innings. He doubled that total by unleashing three consecutive wild pitches, including the two behind Simmons' back.

There were tensions between the teams that carried over from the Braves' three-game sweep at Washington on Aug. 5-7. Both benches emptied when Harper was hit by a Julio Teheran pitch in the second game of the series.

Tanner Roark dominated the Braves after taking over for Strasburg. Roark allowed only one hit in four scoreless innings. He had a run-scoring double in the fifth for his first major league hit and RBI.

Mike Minor allowed four runs in only 1 2-3 innings, the shortest of his 78 career starts.

Minor gave up bases-loaded, two-run singles to Wilson Ramos in the first and Jayson Werth in the second.

Harper was in Johnson's original lineup, but was held out with bruised triceps until entering the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth.

Strasburg gave up two runs and two hits, two walks and one hit batter in one-plus inning. Like Minor, he also had the shortest start of his career.

Werth doubled off Luis Ayala in the sixth and scored on a single by Wilson Ramos.

NOTES: Washington's Scott Hairston was ejected by Hudson in the ninth for arguing a called third strike. ... The Nationals placed RHP Taylor Jordan on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain. Tyler Moore was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and had two hits while starting at first base. ... The Braves signed IF Tyler Greene to a minor league contract. Greene, released by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, was assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett. ... 2B Dan Uggla, who had corrective eye surgery on Friday, said a test Saturday showed his vision at 20-15. He expects to be ready to play when eligible to come off the 15-day DL on Aug. 28. ... The series concludes on Sunday when Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez faces Atlanta's Julio Teheran.

 
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The Nationals celebrate Adam LaRoche's 15th-inning homer, which proves to be the game-winner for Washington. (USATSI)
The Nationals celebrate Adam LaRoche's 15th-inning homer, which proves to be the game-winner for Washington. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Heyward
AB 7
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Washington

J. Werth
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF8030022 .260
Anthony Rendon, 2B6210200 .266
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B7121134 .267
Jayson Werth, RF3222212 .335
   Bryce Harper, LF2000011 .261
Ian Desmond, SS7011008 .276
Wilson Ramos, C7032011 .295
Tyler Moore, 1B4120014 .164
   Roger Bernadina, RF2000110 .178
Scott Hairston, LF5110032 .182
   a-Chad Tracy, PH1000010 .181
   Craig Stammen, P1000001 .000
   Tanner Roark, P2011001 .500
   b-Stephen Lombardozzi, PH1000000 .256
   Adam LaRoche, 1B3111020 .238
Totals598178616  
a-struck out for Krol in the 12th
b-grounded out for Abad in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jayson Werth (13, Ayala), Tanner Roark (1, Varvaro)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (14, Walden), Adam LaRoche (18, Medlen)
SH - Stephen Strasburg (8)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (57), Jayson Werth 2 (52), Ian Desmond (58), Wilson Ramos 2 (30), Tanner Roark (1), Adam LaRoche (55)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (17), Ian Desmond (22), Wilson Ramos 2 (11), Tanner Roark (1)
SB - Jayson Werth (7, 2nd base off Varvaro/McCann)
PK - Denard Span (3, Medlen)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Rendon-Desmond-Moore, Rendon-Desmond-Moore-Desmond-Rendon-Moore
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Stephen Strasburg 1222211 2.93
Tanner Roark 4100160 0.00
Fernando Abad 1222111 3.18
Drew Storen (H,15) 1000030 5.68
Tyler Clippard (H,25) 1111001 2.15
Rafael Soriano (BS,6) 1122111 3.68
Ian Krol 2100110 3.00
Craig Stammen (W,6-5) 3000150 3.15
Dan Haren (S,1) 1100020 4.79
WP - Stephen Strasburg 3 (6)
HBP - Upton (by Stephen Strasburg)
Pitches-Strikes - Stephen Strasburg 26-13, Tanner Roark 51-37, Fernando Abad 22-14, Drew Storen 19-11, Tyler Clippard 9-8, Rafael Soriano 19-13, Ian Krol 26-17, Craig Stammen 55-32, Dan Haren 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 1-0, Tanner Roark 4-1, Fernando Abad 1-1, Tyler Clippard 2-1, Rafael Soriano 1-1, Ian Krol 2-3, Craig Stammen 2-2
Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 7, Tanner Roark 13, Fernando Abad 6, Drew Storen 3, Tyler Clippard 4, Rafael Soriano 5, Ian Krol 8, Craig Stammen 10, Dan Haren 4
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Heyward, RF7223022 .258
Justin Upton, LF6000052 .269
Freddie Freeman, 1B7221021 .307
Brian McCann, C7132010 .272
Chris Johnson, 3B7020012 .335
Jordan Schafer, CF5100232 .291
Andrelton Simmons, SS3000310 .241
Paul Janish, 2B2000111 .118
   Kris Medlen, P1000011 .195
   Anthony Varvaro, P1000012 .000
   b-B.J. Upton, PH1000000 .188
   c-Joe Terdoslavich, PH1000010 .261
   d-Evan Gattis, PH1000001 .250
   Phil Gosselin, PR-2B2100011 .000
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a-walked for Janish in the 9th
b-grounded out for Varvaro in the 5th
c-struck out for Downs in the 7th
d-hit into fielder's choice for Carpenter in the 9th
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HR - Jason Heyward 2 (13, Strasburg), Freddie Freeman (15, Clippard), Brian McCann (18, Abad)
SH - Luis Avilan (1)
RBI - Jason Heyward 3 (37), Freddie Freeman (81), Brian McCann 2 (47)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward 2 (16)
SB - Jordan Schafer (11, 2nd base off Stammen/Ramos)
Team LOB - 8
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DP - Simmons-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Minor 1.2444420 3.06
Anthony Varvaro 3.1511030 3.09
Luis Ayala 1311010 3.00
Scott Downs 1000020 1.49
Jordan Walden 1111101 2.66
David Carpenter 1000030 1.89
Craig Kimbrel 1000000 1.09
Luis Avilan 2000030 1.21
Kris Medlen (L,10-11) 3411121 3.71
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 2-1, Anthony Varvaro 4-3, Luis Ayala 2-0, Scott Downs 1-0, Jordan Walden 2-1, Craig Kimbrel 1-2, Luis Avilan 1-2, Kris Medlen 4-1
Batters Faced - Mike Minor 13, Anthony Varvaro 15, Luis Ayala 6, Scott Downs 3, Jordan Walden 5, David Carpenter 3, Craig Kimbrel 3, Luis Avilan 6, Kris Medlen 12
Game Information
Attendance - 40866
Game Time - 5:29
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Marty Foster