Cubs look­ing to elim­i­nate Na­tion­als

The Chicago Cubs were one win away from clinch­ing a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive trip to the Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS - BY HOWARD FENDRICH The As­so­ci­ated Press

WASH­ING­TON — Ad­di­son Russell drove in four runs, Wade Davis earned a seven-out save, and the Chicago Cubs reached their third NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries in a row by edg­ing the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als 9-8 in a thriller of a Game 5.

The defending World Se­ries cham­pion Cubs trailed 4-1 be­fore scor­ing four runs in the fifth in­ning off two-time Cy Young Award win­ner Max Scherzer. They then led 9-6 and held on, with the help of Davis’ long­est ap­pear­ance since 2012 and a key pick­off by catcher Will­son Con­tr­eras in a game that lasted more than 4½ hours and ended af­ter mid­night Fri­day. Davis struck out a swing­ing Bryce Harper to fin­ish it off.

Chicago, which sur­passed its to­tal of eight runs in the first four games of the Di­vi­sion Se­ries, ad­vanced to face the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, who will start ace Clayton Ker­shaw at home in Game 1 of the NLCS on Satur­day night.

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Chicago Cubs’ Jon Jay slides in safely to sec­ond base with a dou­ble as Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als short­stop Trea Turner, left, makes a late tag dur­ing the first in­ning of Game 5 of the Na­tional League Di­vi­sion Se­ries in Wash­ing­ton.

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