Sport Cubs keep World Series defence alive with thrilling win over Nationals

09:53  13 october  2017
09:53  13 october  2017 Source:   Press Association

Washington Nationals level series against Chicago Cubs

  Washington Nationals level series against Chicago Cubs Two home runs in the bottom of the eighth saw the Washington Nationals tie up their NL Division Series 1-1 with the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. The Nats were in danger of finding themselves 2-0 down in the best-of-five series after going into their eighth inning 3-1 down.But Bryce Harper connected with an 80mph curveball to tie things up at 3-3 before Ryan Zimmerman struck a flyball out to left field for another three runs.Sean Doolittle came in to pitch for the Nationals in the ninth conceding only one hit as his side saw out the game 6-3.

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The Chicago Cubs celebrate after beating the Washington Nationals 9-8 to win baseball's National League Division Series (AP): NLDS Cubs Nationals Baseball © AP/PA photowire service NLDS Cubs Nationals Baseball

The Chicago Cubs kept alive their defence of the World Series title after a thrilling must-win game in Washington.

The Cubs edged out the Nationals with a 9-8 victory to set up a meeting with Los Angeles in the National League Championship Series.

In a night full of drama, Washington made the Cubs work for the win, starting off the game with a three-run homer thanks to Michael A Taylor.

But the turning point came when Max Scherzer allowed four runs in the fifth, with Addison Russell claiming a two-run double and giving the Cubs the lead.

The Nationals continued to put up a fight, making the game last more than four hours and into the early hours of Friday morning.

Pitcher Wade Davis stood out, putting in his longest appearance in five years, and striking out Ryan Zimmerman in the seventh.

Into the ninth, Davis came to the fore again when Bryce Harper was struck out, finishing the game with a seven-out save and securing the Cubs' victory.

This is now the third time the Nationals have suffered a game five NL Division Series loss, while the Cubs are going into their third consecutive NLCS appearance at the Dodger Stadium on Sunday.

MLB playoffs: Clayton Kershaw doesn't believe baseball teams can take advantage of fatigue .
Kershaw has a poor 4.63 career ERA in the postseason.The Dodgers quickly swept the Diamondbacks in the NLDS, while Chicago just finished off a thrilling Game 5 win over the Nationals on Thursday. Despite the extra rest, Kershaw doesn't believe the Dodgers enter the series with any sort of advantage.

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