Sport Cubs come back on Scherzer, Nationals win 9-8 in NLDS Game 5

08:06  13 october  2017
08:06  13 october  2017 Source:   ap.org

Cubs' Hendricks to start Game 1 of NLDS against Nationals

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs win whenever they need to, with whatever it takes, even And this is the third time in that span that Washington bowed out with a Game 5 NLDS loss at He started Game 3 of this series , pushed back because of an injured right hamstring, and hadn't come

The Chicago Cubs win whenever they need to, with whatever it takes, even a seven-out save by Wade Davis to He started Game 3 of this series , pushed back because of an injured right hamstring, and hadn't come out of the By the time Scherzer 's one inning was over, the Cubs had taken a 7-4 lead.

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop walks from the field as his night ends during the sixth inning in Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, at Nationals Park, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington.© AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop walks from the field as his night ends during the sixth inning in Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, at Nationals Park, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Addison Russell drove in four runs, Wade Davis earned a seven-out save, and the Chicago Cubs reached their third NL Championship Series in a row by edging the Washington Nationals 9-8 in a thriller of a Game 5.

The defending World Series champion Cubs trailed 4-1 before scoring four runs in the fifth inning off two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer. They then led 9-6 and held on, with the help of Davis' longest appearance since 2012 and a key pickoff by catcher Willson Contreras in a game that lasted more than 4 hours and ended after midnight Friday. Davis struck out a swinging Bryce Harper to finish it off.

Chicago, which surpassed its total of eight runs in the first four games of the Division Series, advanced to face the Los Angeles Dodgers, who will start ace Clayton Kershaw at home in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night.

For manager Joe Maddon and the Cubs, this was their fourth consecutive victory in a win-or-be-eliminated postseason game. That includes three straight to end the 2016 World Series, when Chicago trailed the Cleveland Indians 3-1 before forcing a Game 7 won by the Cubs in 10 innings.

Scherzer shows starters in relief are a roll of the dice .
Pedro Martinez and Madison Bumgarner made it look easy. For Max Scherzer, pitching in relief proved a lot rougher.

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