Stephen Strasburg was ejected in the second inning.
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg and manager Davey Johnson were ejected from Saturday night's game against the Braves after Strasburg threw back-to-back pitches behind Andrelton Simmons' back.
Both benches received warnings from home-plate umpire Marvin Hudson after Strasburg hit Justin Upton with a pitch in the first inning. Upton was hit one pitch after Atlanta's Jason Heyward hit a home run.
Upton, hit on his backside, immediately ran to first base.
With Washington leading 4-1, Strasburg walked Jordan Schafer to lead off the second before throwing the pitches behind Simmons. Hudson ejected Strasburg and also tossed Johnson when he came out to argue.
The Nationals insisted Strasburg wasn't trying to hit Simmons, but instead was unable to regain his control after walking Schafer on four pitches.
"He's still kind of learning to deal with the adversities of pitching up here," Johnson said after Washington won 8-7 in 15 innings.
"When he went back out in the second inning, I've never seen his command so bad," Johnson said. "He couldn't come close to the first hitter he faced. Then he threw a curveball that was eight feet outside and then a couple balls that were behind the hitter. It didn't look like he was trying to hit (Simmons). He couldn't find the strike zone."