Wash­ing­ton pow­ers past stunned Dodgers and into NLCS


A 10th-in­ning grand slam by Wash­ing­ton ends Los An­ge­les’ World Se­ries hopes

LOS AN­GE­LES — Howie Ken­drick hit a tiebreak­ing grand slam off in the 10th in­ning and the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als, boosted by a stun­ning rally against Clay­ton Ker­shaw, beat the Los An­ge­les Dodgers 7-3 Wed­nes­day night and ad­vanced to the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries against St. Louis.

Anthony Ren­don and Juan Soto home­red on con­sec­u­tive pitches to over­come a 3-1 deficit in the eighth against Ker­shaw, a three-time Cy Young Award win­ner. Soto had started the comeback from a 3-0 hole with an RBI sin­gle in the sixth off starter Walker Buehler, then hit a 449-foot drive of Ker­shaw.

Adam Ea­ton walked against Joe Kelly lead­ing off the 10th, Ren­don dou­bled on a drive that lodged in the left-field wall and Soto was in­ten­tion­ally walked.

Ken­drick, 4 for 19 with one RBI in the se­ries, fouled off a pitch and then hit a 97 mph fast­ball over the wall in dead cen­ter for his sec­ond ca­reer slam.

“It was elec­tric. Prob­a­bly the best mo­ment of my ca­reer,” said the 36-year-old Ken­drick, a 14-year big league vet­eran who played for the Dodgers and Los An­ge­les An­gels. “We never gave up. The city had faith in us. The fans had faith in us. We be­lieved in our­selves, ev­ery­body came through for us.”

Wash­ing­ton over­came a 19-31 start, fin­ished 93-69 and then ral­lied from a 3-0, eighth-in­ning deficit to beat Mil­wau­kee 4-3 in the NL wild-card game and bounced back from down 2-1 in this se­ries.

“Oh, man, keep fight­ing,” Ren­don said. “I think that’s the story of maybe this or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

The seven-time de­fend­ing NL

West cham­pion Dodgers, who led the NL with 106 wins, re­main with­out a World Se­ries ti­tle since 1988.

“Dis­ap­point­ing is prob­a­bly an un­der­state­ment,” man­ager Dave Roberts said. The Na­tion­als ended a streak of three straight NLCS ap­pear­ances by the Dodgers.

The Na­tion­als/Mon­treal Ex­pos fran­chise won a post­sea­son se­ries for only the sec­ond time, the first since the Ex­pos beat Philadel­phia in a 1981 Divi­sion Se­ries.

Ker­shaw sat on the bench af­ter the home runs, look­ing for­lorn, bow­ing his head and hold­ing it with his hands.

“It’s a ter­ri­ble feel­ing,” Ker­shaw said.

Stephen Stras­burg fell be­hind 2-0 af­ter eight pitches. Joc Ped­er­son dou­bled on a drive that went through an open­ing in the left-field wall — the crowd saw it land in the seats and thought it was a home run — but he was awarded the dou­ble af­ter a video re­view. Muncy, who had been 0 for 12 against Stras­burg, drove a fast­ball over the cen­ter-field wall.

Kiké Hernán­dez home­red on Stras­burg’s sec­ond pitch of the sec­ond in­ning, an­other fast­ball, for a 3-0 lead.


Howie Ken­drick of the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als launches the go-ahead grand slam to cen­ter in the top of the 10th in­ning that sent Wash­ing­ton to a 7-3 win over the Na­tional League’s No. 1 play­off seed, the Dodgers.

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