2012 MLB Playoffs

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals Game 5: Live Score, NLDS Analysis

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 12:  Daniel Descalso #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals in Game Five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 12, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Chris StephensCorrespondent IIOctober 12, 2012

The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals batted in an epic Game 5 of the NLDS

FINAL - Cardinals 9, Nationals 7

Utter shock is all I have to say right now. Where do you start after a game like this?

The Nationals got up 6-0 in the third inning, starting with a three-run first inning. But, the Nationals chipped away the rest of the night, scoring four runs in the top of the ninth off Drew Storen to take the lead.

After that, the Nationals were deflated and couldn't muster anything in the bottom of the ninth.

Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma are the heroes of the game, driving in the last five runs for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals will now travel to San Francisco for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Giants.

Honestly, the Cardinals have to be the favorite to win it all again.

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