Cubs take out Nats

Defending cham­pi­ons face LA Dodgers in NLCS

Manila Bulletin - - Sports -

WASH­ING­TON (AFP) – Closer Wade Davis got the fi­nal seven outs as the Chicago Cubs edged the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als 9-8 to reach the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries where they will face the Los An­ge­les Dodgers. The Cubs, who ended their curse by win­ning the World Se­ries last year, will meet the Dodgers for the sec­ond straight year with a berth in the World Se­ries on the line. ''We came out with a win. This is re­ally big,'' said pitcher Davis. ''Thank good­ness that was the out­come.'' Ad­di­son Russell had two hits and four RBIs Thurs­day as the Cubs scored four runs off Na­tion­als ace pitcher Max Scherzer in the fifth in­ning of the four hour, 37 minute marathon con­test. Davis was stel­lar as the Cubs closer, get­ting the fi­nal outs for his third save of the best-of-five se­ries which Chicago won three games to two. Re­liever Brian Duensing got the win for the Cubs who reached their third Cham­pi­onship Se­ries in a row.

''I didn't want to give any­thing to those guys,'' Davis said. ''Those are game change type hit­ters and they have a lot of power. I would rather get them on first base than give up any homers.''

The Cubs will face the Dodgers Satur­day in Los An­ge­les.

Russell hit an RBI dou­ble in the sixth to give the Cubs an 8-4 lead. The Na­tion­als scored two in the bot­tom of the sixth as Jayson Werth scored on a wild pitch and Daniel Mur­phy added an RBI dou­ble to make it 8-6.

Cubs starter Kyle Hen­dricks went four in­nings and gave up four runs on nine hits. Wash­ing­ton has lost in the first round of all four of its play­off ap­pear­ances since 2012.

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