The Washington Nationals fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a gut-wrenching game 5 of the NLDS at Nationals Park Thursday night.

The four-and-a-half-hour game started at 8 p.m. Beforehand, fans who used Metro to get to the ballpark seemed more focused on the actual game than on how they'd get home.

The mood before the game was, ‘let's win first and then deal with getting home later.’

Many fans used a combination of Metro rail lines and buses. Others walked and some drove to a nearby Metro station and kept their options open for post-game transportation. After all, they knew that they would have cabs, Ubers and Lyfts ready and waiting.

But after the 7th inning stretch, fans began flocking out of the stadium in hot pursuit of the last Metro train, which departed the Navy Yard station at 11:39 p.m.

Those leaving thought the Nationals were losing, which was true. They were down 4-1. But at the bottom of the 7th, the Nats scored two additional runs.

And hope was restored. The team tried to go where no Nationals team has gone before -- the National League Championship Series.

But another stalemate ensued. The Nationals fell to the Dodgers 4-3.

It was longest 9-inning game in post-season history.

WATCH: Fans react to the tense game