Scherzer, Zimmerman lead Nats past LA 6-1 to force Game 5

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Strasburg gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked one. Julio Teheran (0-1), the seventh Braves pitcher, took the loss by allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning. That represents another postseason milestone of the worst kind for Atlanta.

With the series locked up at two games apiece, the two sides will meet Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, with the victor advancing to face the victor of the St. Louis Cardinals-Atlanta Braves tilt that will take place a few hours earlier.

Howie Kendrick hit a tiebreaking grand slam off Joe Kelly in the 10th inning, and the Washington Nationals overcame a three-run deficit with a late rally to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Wednesday night and advance to the NL Championship Series against St Louis.

Given how dominant Jack Flaherty had been during the second half of the season, the game appeared to be over before it ever really started.

The Cardinals batted around and got more than halfway through their order a second time before the Braves even came to the plate.

This one, though, will long be remembered for what happened before Flaherty even took the mound.

Tommy Edman, Dexter Fowler and Wong all had two-run doubles as St Louis equaled the highest-scoring inning in postseason history, a record set by the Philadelphia Athletics against the Chicago Cubs in the 1929 World Series. The right-hander didn't walk anyone in his first start of the series, a 3-0 victory by the Braves. That was the only hitter Foltynewicz retired.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run homer, Anthony Rendon drove in three runs, and Washington pulled away for a win over visiting Los Angeles in Game 4 of the NL Division Series.

Yadier Molina drilled a one-hopper to first that Freeman likely would've turned into an inning-ending double if he made the scoop. Morton didn't give up another run, and he yielded three hits and two walks while striking out nine.

The Cardinals continued to pour it on after Max Fried was brought on in relief.

Adam Eaton walked against Kelly leading off the 10th, Rendon doubled on a drive that lodged in the left field wall and Soto was intentionally walked. Wong followed with yet another two-run double, pushing the score to a staggering 9-0. Three of four games have been decided in the final inning.

Buehler allowed one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings before Kershaw came in. The Cardinals catcher hit a game tying single to shallow right in the bottom of the 8 inning and then walked the game off with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10 inning to keep the Cardinals hopes for a World Series title alive.

The Braves are back in the A-T-L for a decisive postseason game.

Injured center fielder Aaron Hicks feels he's ready to return to the Yankees' roster for the AL Championship Series.

As for the totals, the Under is the more popular play in each game. A trainer gave Albies' hand a quick examination on the mound during a pitching change later in the inning, but he stayed in the game.

Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz, who held the Cardinals scoreless over seven innings in Atlanta's 3-0 Game 2 victory, couldn't recapture the magic of that brilliant outing. They've been eliminated from the NLDS four times over the past eight years and are 0-3 in Game 5s - all at home. St. Louis posted a 5-2 edge over Washington in their season series. Donaldson is a potential free agent, along with pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who struggled in his two NLDS starts.



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