Cubs edge Na­tion­als, ad­vance to face Dodgers

Penticton Herald - - SPORTS -

WASH­ING­TON — The Chicago Cubs win when­ever they need to, with what­ever it takes, even a seven-out save by Wade Davis to pre­serve a shrink­ing lead and a “Did that re­ally hap­pen?” four­run in­ning against Wash­ing­ton’s Max Scherzer in a thriller of a Game 5.

That wild, bat-around fifth in­ning Thurs­day night for Chicago in­cluded Ad­di­son Russell’s go-ahead two-run dou­ble, a bases­loaded hit-by-pitch, and a dis­puted dropped third strike fol­lowed by a throw­ing er­ror, help­ing the defending World Se­ries champs come back — and then hold on — to edge the Na­tion­als 9-8 and reach the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries for the third year in a row.

Chicago ad­vanced to face the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, who will start ace Clayton Ker­shaw in Game 1 of the NLCS on Satur­day.

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