National League Game Summary - Washington at Atlanta|
(Saturday, August 17th)
Final Score: Washington 8. Atlanta 7 (15 innings)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Adam LaRoche held his signature helicopter
finish just a half second longer than usual.
LaRoche smacked a go-ahead leadoff homer in the top of the 15th inning to lift
the Washington Nationals to an 8-7 win over the Atlanta Braves in the middle
test of a three-game set.
Kris Medlen (10-11) had spun two innings of shutout ball before LaRoche golfed
a 1-2 curveball into the seats in right field.
Jason Heyward cracked a two-out game-tying, two-run shot in the bottom of the
ninth, his second homer of the tilt, to send the contest into extras where
Craig Stammen (6-5) fired three scoreless innings of no-hit ball to earn the
Dan Haren worked a scoreless 15th inning to notch his first career save and
snap Washington's six-game slide against the Braves.
"Just a full team effort. We used up everybody we had, plus one of our
starters coming out and closing the game so pretty awesome," LaRoche said.
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg was ejected in the second inning for
throwing at Andrelton Simmons.
The Nationals led 4-1 before Strasburg walked Jordan Schafer to begin the
second. Schafer then scored after Strasburg fired three consecutive wild
Strasburg first spun a curveball into the dirt before tossing two straight
fastballs that whizzed by the lower back of Simmons. The second fastball
resulted in Strasburg's ejection.
Strasburg had a 5.79 ERA and lasted just an average of 3 2/3 innings per start
in Atlanta heading into the tilt.
Ryan Zimmerman belted a solo homer in the triumph.
Brian McCann had a two-run blast and Freddie Freeman hit a solo shot for
Atlanta, which had won 18 of its last 20 games coming in.
"They were a lot more patient tonight," Braves starter Mike Minor said of the
The Nats struck quickly in the opening frame as Wilson Ramos' two-run single
made it 2-0.
Heyward led off the home first with a blast over the wall in right-center, but
a two-run single by Werth in the second gave Washington its 4-1 spread.
Tyler Roark, who tossed four innings of one-hit ball in relief of Strasburg,
stroked an RBI double in the fifth and Ian Desmond's RBI single in the
sixth gave Washington a 6-2 advantage before McCann's two-run shot in the home
sixth trimmed the deficit to 6-4.
Zimmerman and Freeman traded solo homers in the eighth, which made the score
Minor surrendered four runs on four hits and four walks over 1 2/3 innings
... The Nationals were 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position, while
Atlanta finished 0-for-7 with RISP.
08/18 01:52:53 ET