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Adam LaRoche's 2 HRs after 0-for-15 start to season help Nationals hold on, beat White Sox 8-7

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    Washington Nationals' Denard Span (2) celebrates with Adam LaRoche (25), after scoring on Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly during the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Chicago White Sox at Nationals Park Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (The Associated Press)

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    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (44) throws during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (The Associated Press)

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) reacts as he comes off the field during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Chicago White Sox at Nationals Park Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Washington. Gonzalez was called for balk that resulted in a run for the Chicago White Sox. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (The Associated Press)

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    Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) catches the fly hit by Chicago White Sox' Jeff Keppinger, Desmond threw the ball to second for the double play out on Alejandro De Aza, during the fifth inning of an interleague baseball game at Nationals Park Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (The Associated Press)

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    Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper is tagged out at second base by Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, when Harper tried to squeeze his hit into a double, during the first inning of an interleague baseball game at Nationals Park Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (The Associated Press)

Adam LaRoche ended an 0-for-15 start to the season with homers in consecutive at-bats, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond also homered, and the Washington Nationals opened an early interleague series by edging the Chicago White Sox 8-7 Tuesday night.

Werth and LaRoche hit two-run shots off Jake Peavy in the sixth, an inning after Desmond went deep. LaRoche added a solo homer off Matt Thornton in the eighth.

That allowed Washington to hold on even though Alex Rios hit a two-run shot off closer Rafael Soriano with two outs in the ninth. Soriano got Paul Konerko to fly out to end it and record his third save in four chances.

Reliever Craig Stammen (2-0) got the win.

Peavy (1-1) went 5 1-3 innings, giving up six runs and nine hits.

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