Scherzer, Zimmerman lead Nats past LA 6-1 to force Game 5

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They will also have home-field advantage in this series, but with Washington's three aces lined up for Games 2 through 4, the Cardinals probably view Game 1 as a must-win. Stephen Strasburg received the starting nod for the Washington Nationals, and he struggled as he gave up 3 earned runs in 6 innings. The Cardinals wound up losing when the Braves scored three runs in the ninth.

However, Sanchez has been a steady presence on the mound, posting wins in his final three regular-season starts.

While the Nationals enjoy a long-awaited postseason series victory, the Cardinals prepare to make their fifth appearance in the NLCS since 2011. Kolton Wong had a big game from the plate for the Saint Louis Cardinals as he went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs.

But ultimately, the Cardinals offense would not be denied. While the Nationals haven't set the rest of their rotation yet, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt has set up Adam Wainwright for Game 2, Jack Flaherty for Game 3, and Dakota Hudson for Game 4.

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Max Scherzer's season-saving, seven-inning pitching performance and Ryan Zimmerman's three-run homer lifted the wild-card Washington Nationals to a 6-1 victory over the league-best Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday to force a deciding Game 5 in their NL Division Series.

The Cardinals now return home aiming to win three in a row for the first time in 11 games. He gave up one run on four hits while walking three and striking out seven. The visiting Nationals will send veteran Aníbal Sánchez to the hill to oppose Miles Mikolas, per MLB.com's Jamal Collier and Anne Rogers, respectively. He then pitched a ideal inning of relief in Game 4 and got the win when the Cardinals rallied to win in the bottom of the 10th. Julio Teheran (0-1), the seventh Braves pitcher, took the loss by allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning.

However, Mikolas had mixed results in a pair of starts against the Nationals this season.

The 31-year-old right-hander pitched well at home in 2019, going 5-6 with a 3.01 ERA in 15 starts at Busch Stadium.

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