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Cards score 4 in 9th, beat Nats 9-7, reach NLCS

Published: Saturday, Aug. 29 2015 8:58 a.m. MDT

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte throws to the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League division baseball series on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Washington.  (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press) St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte throws to the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League division baseball series on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Doesn't matter how bad things look for the St. Louis Cardinals. Trailing by a bunch, down to their last strike, they simply stay calm and do what it takes to win.

Erasing an early six-run hole in Game 5 slowly but surely, the defending World Series champion Cardinals got a tying two-out, two-run single from Daniel Descalso and a go-ahead two-run single from Pete Kozma in the ninth inning and came all the way back to beat the Washington Nationals 9-7 Friday night and win their NL division series.

It was the largest comeback ever in a winner-take-all postseason game, according to STATS LLC. No other club in this sort of ultimate pressure situation had come back from more than four down.

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