Cardinals shock Nationals in ninth, advance to NLCS

By Alex Skillin,

The St. Louis Cardinals completed another epic postseason comeback on Friday night, this time shocking the Washington Nationals with a four-run rally in the ninth to win Game 5 of their series 9-7. With two outs, and the Nationals one strike away from clinching the series, Cardinals' second baseman Daniel Descalso knocked in the tying runs with a single before shortstop Pete Kozma plated the go-ahead runs with another single to make the score 9-7.

The Nationals had led from the game's very outset, scoring three runs in the first and knocking out Cardinals' starter Adam Wainwright after just 2.1 innings.

But St. Louis kept chipping away at the lead, getting within two runs of Washington heading into the ninth to set the stage for their late heroics.

Following the game, the two clubhouses had the look and feel of polar opposites, with Nationals' closer Drew Storen telling the Washington Post, "There's a bad taste in my mouth. It's going to stay there for a couple months, and it's probably never going to leave."

Meanwhile, in the Cardinals' clubhouse, St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post Dispatch, "It was surreal. Last year we were down to our last strike, and now here we are again."

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