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Cardinals shock Nationals, move on to NLCS

St. Louis' Daniel Descalso, right, reacts as he and David Freese score on Pete Kozma's winning single in the ninth inning Friday. (Associated Press)
St. Louis' Daniel Descalso, right, reacts as he and David Freese score on Pete Kozma's winning single in the ninth inning Friday. (Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Doesn’t matter how bad things look for the St. Louis Cardinals. Trailing by a bunch, down to their last strike, they simply stay calm and do what it takes to win.

Erasing an early six-run hole in Game 5 slowly but surely, the defending World Series champion Cardinals got a tying two-out, two-run single from Daniel Descalso and a go-ahead two-run single from Pete Kozma in the ninth inning and came all the way back to beat the Washington Nationals 9-7 Friday night and win their N.L. division series.

It was the largest comeback in a winner-take-all postseason game, according to STATS LLC. No other club in this sort of ultimate pressure situation had come back from more than four down.



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