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Nats beat Braves 8-7 on LaRoche's HR in 15th

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By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Adam LaRoche led off the 15th inning with a homer off Kris Medlen and the Washington Nationals recovered after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth to beat the Atlanta Braves 8-7 on Saturday night.

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

Washington starter Stephen 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.

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.

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