Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
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Rendon evens game with sac fly (game tied 1-1)

Rendon evens game with sac fly (game tied 1-1)

Yadier Molina's 10th-inning sacrifice fly lifted St. Louis to a victory over visiting Atlanta and sent the National League Division Series to a decisive fifth game.

If you went with Miles Mikolas in Game 1 in your Cardinals NLCS pitching rotation pool, you're a victor. The series will conclude Wednesday in Atlanta, with the victor advancing to meet the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Washington Nationals in the NL Championship Series.

Wednesday marked the Nationals' second playoff series victory in franchise history and their first since 1981 - when they were still the Montreal Expos. Ji-Man Choi, Brandon Lowe and Willy Adames hit solo homers for Tampa Bay, which pounded Astros starter Zack Greinke for six runs in 3 2/3 innings. The veteran right-hander has taken the loss in his past two starts against the Cardinals, capped by a five-inning, three-earned run performance in a 3-2 home loss to St. Louis on April 30.

"We've been going with "stay in the fight" all year, so it's not something that's new to us", Washington's Howie Kendrick said after the Nats eliminated the heavily favored Dodgers thanks to his grand slam in the 10th inning of Game 5 in the NLDS. 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. He also saw a strong start wasted in Game 3 of the NLDS, surrendering just four hits and one earned run over 5.0 innings in Washington's 10-4 in Game 3.

The Cardinals now return home aiming to win three in a row for the first time in 11 games. The offense has been wildly inconsistent during that stretch, scoring three or fewer runs on seven occasions, but also scoring nine or more runs in three of five shutout victories during that stretch. He also tossed a flawless inning of relief in Game 4.

Mikolas got a no-decision in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves, allowing one run in five innings of a game St. Louis won 7-6.

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