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The Nationals looked defeated against the Dodgers, however they staged a late comeback against the Dodgers’ bullpen to take a 7-3 victory in 10 innings on Wednesday.

Since Max Muncy swatted at a two-run home run in the first 19, the Dodgers jumped on Stephen Strasburg and Kiké Hernández followed with a solo shot in the second, staking Walker Buehler to a 3-0 lead. Buehler outmatched him, although strasburg would settle down from there.

Buehler didn’t get into hot water before fifth inning when Kurt Suzuki drew a leadoff walk and Michael A. Taylor grounded a single to center field, putting runners on the first and second with no outs. Buehler wriggled out from this jam by striking out Trea Turner and Strasburg , afterward getting Adam Eaton to fly out.

Buehler got into trouble in the seventh, leading off the inning by hitting on on a two-seam fastball that ran too far indoors against Suzuki. Buehler would strike Taylor out and get Asdrúbal Cabrera to lineup out. Turner drew a walk to extend the Nationals’ rally and with Buehler at 117 pitches, director Dave Roberts chose to attract Clayton Kershaw in like a means to manage Eaton. The decision paid off as Eaton on three pitches struck to flee the inning.

Patrick Corbin worked a scoreless bottom of the eighth for the Nationals. Joe Kelly was delivered by roberts to the mound in the ninth. He worked a 1-2-3 inning. Daniel Hudson kept the game deadlocked at to send the game into extra innings.

Roberts delivered Kelly out to get a second inning of work. Kelly walked Eaton to initiate the framework Anthony Rendon struck a double to leftfield. With first base open, so to was intentionally walkedbut Kendrick followed by swatting a slam putting the Nationals upward 7-3.

Sean Doolittle chose the mound. He struck pinch-hitter A. J. Pollock, made Muncy to earth out, and Justin Turner to fly to shallow center field on a wonderful diving play out of Taylor. The turn to the field was immediately upheld although the play was reviewed. The Nationals won their first playoff set.

For first time since 1981, and for the first time since going to D. C. and dropping the Expos title in 2005, the Nationals have been from the NLCS. Even the Cardinals, who won Game 5 convincingly against the Braves earlier in the day now, could have home field advantage, therefore the series will begin on Friday from St. Louis. Both sides last paired up that the Cardinals won in five games.