The Cardinals rallied from two down in the top of the ninth inning to win the game 9-7. Rookie shortstop Pete Kozma sealed the Nationals' fate with a two-run single to give St. Louis a two-run lead.
It was nothing short of a fantastic season for the Nationals. While improvements were expected of them this season, not many ever thought that they would win 98 games and be the first seed in the National League for the postseason.
Bryce Harper emerged as a viable major leaguer, and Ian Desmond cemented himself as one of the best shortstops in the National League. The pitching staff was stellar and arguably the most important component of the team this season.
With some playoff experience under their belts, the Nationals should have high hopes for next season. All of the pieces are in place for another run, and they now have the motivation to come back with a vengeance in 2013.