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ATLANTA -- The Nationals celebrated Adam LaRoches 15th-inning homer that gave Washington an 8-7 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. Astros Jerseys 2020 . The team also was left with lingering concerns about Stephen Strasburgs ejection and closer Rafael Sorianos blown save. Strasburg was tossed 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 Nationals insisted Strasburg wasnt trying to hit Simmons, but instead was unable to regain his control after walking Jordan Schafer on four pitches to open the second. "Hes still kind of learning to deal with the adversities of pitching up here," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson, who also was ejected by plate umpire Marvin Hudson when he argued in defence of Strasburg. "When he went back out in the second inning, Ive never seen his command so bad," Johnson said. "He couldnt come close to the first hitter he faced. Then he threw a curve ball that was eight feet outside and then a couple balls that were behind the hitter. It didnt look like he was trying to hit (Simmons). He couldnt find the strike zone." 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. When Johnson and Strasburg were in the clubhouse after being tossed, Johnson said he immediately sought to find out if his ace was hurt. "The first thing I said when we were both in here was Are you hurt? Is something wrong with you?" Johnson said. "He said No. Im just out of sorts." The Nationals loaded the bases and scored two runs in each of the first two innings. On a night when the game-time temperature was 66 degrees, Strasburg said he "just got a little cold. I was just missing spots." Asked if it was a mechanical problem, Strasburg said "I cant really explain it. I just didnt really feel good out there and couldnt hit the spot." Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said it was "just weird" to see Strasburgs suddenly unable to throw strikes. He said he didnt think Strasburg was trying to hit Simmons. "I dont know if theres something wrong with him physically, because it just didnt look right," Gonzalez said. "It didnt look right." 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 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. Haren said he threw 30 to 35 pitches in his regular bullpen session before the game, but didnt hesitate to volunteer for the rare relief appearance. "We needed a game like this," Haren said. Atlantas 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 Atlantas ninth pitcher of the night. Soriano suffered his sixth blown save. Heywards second homer of the game, a two-run shot to right-centre with two outs in the ninth, sent the game to extra innings. Braves pitchers hit Bryce Harper with two pitches in Atlantas 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 Heywards leadoff home run. The pitch hit Uptons backside, and he quickly ran to first. Asked if he meant to hit Upton, Strasburg said "Im not going to get into that." But the answer seemed clear. "Well after somebody goes deep and you hit him in the rear end, I dont think its a big deal," Johnson said. "I dont know if he did it on purpose or not." The second-inning meltdown by Strasburg was more difficult to figure out. The drama left Braves fans howling, but no players emerged from either dugout. There were no additional incidents in the game. 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 Johnsons 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: Washingtons 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 Atlantas Julio Teheran. Roberto Osuna Astros Jersey . Irving scored 23 points, Tristan Thompson had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-109 on Friday night. Houston Astros Gear . The judges scored it 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 for Jones (19-1). It was the champions closest call. Despite the loss, it was a remarkable show by the confident Swedish challenger, who had the best of the early rounds and then hung on in the fourth and fifth. . Its the second straight game Bell has scored in extra time for Kelowna, which beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-5 on Friday, and he now has four game-winning goals on the season. Saturday, kick-off 17:30 (GMT)Principality StadiumRob Howleys second stint as interim Wales head coach could not have got off to a worse start. Saturdays limp defeat to Australia has been compounded by injuries to key players, including Rhys Webb, Hallam Amos and Bradley Davies. The good news for Howley is that he can recall Sam Warburton, Alun Wyn Jones and Liam Williams for this weekends encounter. The bad news is that Argentina are the opposition on Saturday.Wales may have a winning record against the South Americans but the Pumas have improved markedly in the three years since they were last in Cardiff, for a 40-6 defeat. Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has only included five survivors from the last Pumas win -- in 2012 -- but he has a squad that is battle-hardened from the Rugby Championship, and know each others games inside out. If Howley was hoping for a bit of respite, he may well be disappointed. Team newsHowley has been fairly ruthless in his team selection, ditching defensive lynchpin Jamie Roberts following a poor performance, as one of six changes. Sam Warburton, Alun Wyn Jones, Jonathan Davies and Liam Williams have all been passed fit to return, while Gethin Jenkins retains the captaincy as he becomes the worlds most-capped front-row forward.Argentina have made three changes to the side that warmed up for this clash with a 54-20 win against Japan last weekend. In come Juan Martin Hernandez, Ramiro Moyano and Pablo Matera, but there is no room in the starting XV for Santiago Cordero. The wing, who scored a brace against Japan, is on the bench.Wales: Halfpenny, North, J. Davies, S. Williams, L. Williams; Biggar, G. Davies; Jenkins (captain), Owens, Francis, Charteris, Jones, Warburton, Tipuric, MoriartyReplacements: Baldwin, Smith, Lee, Hill, King, Ll. Williams, Anscombe, RobertsArgentina: Tuculet, Moroni, Orlando, Hernández, Moyano, Sánchez, Landajo; Noguera, Creevy (captain), Herrera, Petti, Alemanno, Matera, Desio, IsaReplacemeents: Montoya, Botta, Pieretto, Senatore, Lezana, Cubelli, Iglesias, CorderoKey head-to-headHowley has been bold in his selection, particularly in dropping Roberts. Astros Jerseys China. The centre channel was a concern against Australia and the hope will be that Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies -- teammates at the Scarlets -- can help plug the gap. In their way will be the evergreen and wily Juan Martin Hernandez. Into his 35th year, the playmaker still has the ability to light up these cold winter evenings and he is effectively a second fly-half for Argentina. Not that they need one, with Nicolas Sanchez inside him.Wales will hope their own No. 10, Dan Biggar, can rediscover his best form on Saturday. But outside of him Williams will have the responsibility of ensuring Hernandez stays quiet, while imposing himself on the game as well. The Williams-Davies axis should offer the hosts a more expansive approach in midfield, and Howley will hope that keeps the Pumas on the back foot.Key stats*Argentina have scored two tries in each of their Test wins in Cardiff (2001 and 2012)*Wales victory over Argentina in 2013 was their first in an autumn international for four years.*The highest scoring game between the two sides came in 2004 when Argentina won 50-44 in Tucuman.PredictionThe Principality Stadium is expected to be far from full for Argentinas visit, and those making the trip will do so with some caution. Last weeks defeat to Australia has taken the wind out of Wales sails but you do not become a bad side overnight. Despite a growing injury list, the hosts still possess the players to win Test matches and will hope to prove that against the Pumas. Argentina are more street-wise these days and are capable of stunning rugby, but Wales are wounded. Were tipping Howleys men to edge it, but there will only be a point or two in it. ' ' '