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Nationals win Game 5 to advance in playoffs

The Nats defeated the Dodgers 7-3 thanks to a 10th inning grand slam.
Credit: AP
Washington Nationals' Juan Soto celebrates his home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning in Game 5. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Wednesday night to win the National League Division Series. The win marks the first time in franchise history that the Nationals have advanced beyond the first round in the playoffs. 

The Nats trailed 3-1 at the top of the 8th inning, but back-to-back home runs from Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto tied the game 3-3. 

The game went into extra innings and in the top of the 10th inning, Howie Kendrick hit a 410-foot grand slam home run to put the Nats on top, 7-3. 

Pitcher Sean Doolittle was able to keep the Dodgers from scoring in the 10th, to give the Nats the win. 

The Nationals will move on to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series beginning Friday.

NLCS Schedule

Game 1 Nationals at Cardinals Friday 8:08 pm

Game 2 Nationals at Cardinals Saturday 4:08 pm

Game 3 Cardinals at Nationals Monday Time TBD

Game 4 Cardinals at Nationals Tuesday Time TBD

Game 5 Cardinals at Nationals Wednesday Time TBD*

Game 6 Nationals at Cardinals Oct. 18 Time TBD*

Game 7 Nationals at Cardinals Oct. 19 Time TBD*

*-if necessary

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