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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 win.

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 pitches.

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 Nationals' hitters.

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 7-5.

Game Notes

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

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Local
Final
NCSU 79
JVU 43
 
Final
ECU 92
VULYNCH 51
 
3rd
DUKE 7
UNC 35
 
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LOS
CAR
4th
MIA 66
LAC 88
 
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SAC
CHI
4th
WVU 10
KST 23
 
3rd
DUKE 7
UNC 35
 
1st
TXST 0
ARKST 0
 
Final
AKR 66
USC 46
Final
UCONN 65
COC 57
Final
MIAMI 66
DREX 46
Final
BC 69
NMU 65
Final
CHAR 106
PSU 97
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MICH 71
DET 62
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WMARY 100
BFLD 57
 
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USCU 107
BOBJONES 41
 
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UCF 76
ECKERD 59
 
Final
PURD 82
GRAM 30
 
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NCSU 79
JVU 43
 
Final
RFLSH 102
KEYSTONE 69
 
Final
VCU 106
MDES 66
Final
PROV 88
NAVY 51
 
Final
BRY 72
UNH 63
 
Final
PETE 59
NIAG 61
 
Final
STET 96
PBAT 85
 
Final
WAGN 83
SUNYWEST 49
 
Final
IOWA 57
TEX 71
 
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TENN 70
TXSOU 58
 
Final
SHU 54
MLOWELL 57
 
Final
ECU 92
VULYNCH 51
 
Final
TENNM 115
CBC 29
 
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MD 66
FORD 50
Final
WVU 91
GMAS 65
 
Final
RAD 61
HOW 52
 
Final
MURST 89
BRESCIA 56
 
2nd
VILL 63
BUCK 62
 
Final
TENST 75
FISK 60
 
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HARV 71
FATL 49
 
Final
MINN 109
FRANKPRCE 57
 
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TULA 100
MVSU 61
 
2nd
TCU 82
NO 65
 
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NW 69
UNF 67
 
Final
LSUALEX 79
NWST 89
 
2nd
IND 70
SMU 64
 
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UAB 55
SFLA 59
 
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EILL 61
UCD 63
 
2nd
SAV 41
WINT 45
 
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NIOWA 46
MRGST 41
 
2nd
MISS 47
SOUTH 23
 
2nd
SCAR 58
CORN 30
 
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VANDY 40
LIP 25
 
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ARST 28
LMU 22
 
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ALA 38
SMISS 30
 
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GRCN 31
TXARL 27
 
1st
NILL 17
IDAHO 17
 
1st
CAL 11
SYR 12
 
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FRES
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PHI 1
MIN 2
 
3rd
OTT 3
NAS 2
 
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MON 4
STL 1
 
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TOR 4
TAM 1
 
3rd
WIN 3
DET 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
ARI 1
 
1st Intermission
CAL 2
CHI 2
 
2nd
COL 0
WAS 1
 
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VAN
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CAR
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3rd
OAK 14
KAN 3