Nationals eliminate Dodgers 7-3 on Kendrick's grand slam in 10th inning


"So to get Clayton to get us out of that spot, I felt good about it". He has been an all-time great regular-season pitcher but has regularly struggled in the playoffs, a trend that continued with him allowing back-to-back home runs to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto to tie the game in the eighth inning. Making matters more painful for Dodgers fans who believed Kenta Maeda should have been in the game, the right-hander struck out the next three batters.

Roberts pinch-hit for Maeda in the bottom of the eighth.

The Cardinals have now reached the Championship Series for the first time since 2015 and the Nationals are the last hurdle remaining between them and a first appearance at the World Series in six years, when they triumphed over the Boston Red Sox 4-2. By that point the game was essentially over - just ask Dodgers fans who left the stadium. Bellinger has a.561 on-base plus slugging percentage in the four games while Seagers' OPS is just.485, so they will need to get going if Los Angeles wants to squeak out a Game 5 win and advance to the NLCS.

The 36-year-old Kendrick who was hitless in his four at-bats Wednesday before hitting an 0-1 fastball for the third postseason home run of his career. But his favorite of the 695 choices is clear: Game 5 of the 2016 National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise won a postseason series for only the second time, the first since the Expos beat Philadelphia in a 1981 Division Series caused by the midseason players' strike.

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Save for Game 3, there has only been one lead change in this series - but the outcome of Game 3 still hovers over Game 5. The Nationals will now head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals beginning on Friday, with the victor of that seven-game series claiming this year's pennant. The Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves, 13-1, Wednesday in Atlanta to win their division series, three games to two.

But he allowed just one earned run in 11 ⅓ innings (0.79 ERA) over nine outings in the 2018 postseason. His dominant Game 2 performance - six innings, no walks, 10 strikeouts, one earned run - nosed down his postseason ERA to 0.64, the best mark in Major League Baseball history for anyone with four or more postseason starts.

The Dodgers led 3-1 entering the top of the eighth inning. Muncy followed by hitting a 3- 1 fastball for his third homer of the series. Rendon led off with a double, and Soto laced a single into right field to score him.

The 106-win Dodgers, NL champions the past two seasons, are out.