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St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese, right, reacts as he and Daniel Descalso score on a single by Pete Kozma in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals. (Oct. 12, 2012)

NLDS: Cardinals vs. Nationals

The St. Louis Cardinals came back from a 6-0 deficit to beat the top-seeded Washington Nationals and advance to the National League Championship Series.

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese, right,
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St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese, right, reacts as he and Daniel Descalso score on a single by Pete Kozma in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals. (Oct. 12, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina reacts in
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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina reacts in the ninth inning after the Cardinals took the lead against the Washington Nationals in Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park. (Oct. 12, 2012)

Jon Jay runs to the dugout after scoring
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Jon Jay runs to the dugout after scoring a run in the seventh inning. (Oct. 12, 2012)

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Danny Espinosa dives out of the way after
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Danny Espinosa dives out of the way after avoiding getting hit by a pitch. (Oct. 12, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals' Daniel Descalso, left, scores a
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St. Louis Cardinals' Daniel Descalso, left, scores a run on a wild pitch by Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, right. (Oct. 12, 2012)

Pete Kozma is forced out at home as
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Pete Kozma is forced out at home as Kurt Suzuki throws the ball to first base. (Oct. 12, 2012)

Ryan Zimmerman hits a two-run home run during
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Ryan Zimmerman hits a two-run home run during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park. (Oct. 12, 2012)

Adam Wainwright pitches in the first inning against
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Adam Wainwright pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals. (Oct. 12, 2012)

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Bryce Harper reacts after scoring on a home
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Bryce Harper reacts after scoring on a home run hit by Ryan Zimmerman during the first inning of Game 5 of the NLDS. (Oct. 12, 2012)

Gio Gonzalez throws to a St. Louis Cardinals
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Gio Gonzalez throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter in the first inning. (Oct. 12, 2012)

Ryan Zimmerman watches his two-run home run in
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Ryan Zimmerman watches his two-run home run in the first inning of Game 5 of the National League division baseball series against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 12, 2012)

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth points to the
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Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth points to the Nationals dugout as he rounds the bases after hitting the game-winning solo home run in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth watches his walk-off
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Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth watches his walk-off solo home run in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 11, 2012)

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Washington Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler delivers a pitch
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Washington Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler delivers a pitch during Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper walks back to
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Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper walks back to the dugout after he flied out in the fourth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki reacts after he
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Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki reacts after he was hit by the bat of the St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay during Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park. (Oct. 11, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday reacts afer
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St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday reacts afer he striking out in the top of the third inning of Game 4 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals. (Oct. 11, 2012)

The St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma slides across
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The St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma slides across home plate for a run on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Beltran in the third inning of Game 4 of the NLDS. (Oct. 11, 2012)

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Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper flies out for
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Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper flies out for the first out in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa, top, leaps
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Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa, top, leaps over the St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig as he throws out Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina at first base in the sixth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS. (Oct. 11, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig slides
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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig slides safely into second base as Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa throws the ball to first to force out Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the top of the sixth inning during Game 4 of the NLDS. (Oct. 11, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, left, slides
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St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, left, slides into home plate past Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki for a run on a single by Matt Holliday in the eighth inning of Game 3 of the NLDS. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg looks on from
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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg looks on from the dugout in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the National League division baseball series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth leaps into
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Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth leaps into the wall unable to catch a double by St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the National League division baseball series on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals pulls
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Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals pulls in a fly ball hit by Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals in the first inning in Game 3 of their National League Division Series on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)

Jon Jay of the St. Louis Cardinals bunts
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Jon Jay of the St. Louis Cardinals bunts in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals of Game 3 of their National League Division Series on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 10: Matt Holliday #7
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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 10: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after fouling a pitch off of his shin in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Jon Jay and Carlos Beltran of the St.
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Jon Jay and Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate with Allen Craig after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals during NLDS Game 3. (Oct. 10, 2012)

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 10: Bryce Harper #34
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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 10: Bryce Harper #34 and Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals talk in the outfield against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 10: Carlos Beltran #3
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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 10: Carlos Beltran #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals scores in the sixth inning past Kurt Suzuki #24 of the Washington Nationals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Christian Garcia pauses after
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Washington Nationals relief pitcher Christian Garcia pauses after walking St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina with the bases were loaded in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the National League division baseball series on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Washington. The Cardinals' Jon Jay scored on the play. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran rounds the
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St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning in Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals. (Oct. 8, 2012)

Ryan Zimmerman rounds the bases after hitting a
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Ryan Zimmerman rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning. (Oct. 8, 2012)

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St. Louis Cardinals' Daniel Descalso is congratulated by
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St. Louis Cardinals' Daniel Descalso is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning in Game 2. (Oct. 8, 2012)

Lance Lynn reacts after allowing back-to-back home runs
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Lance Lynn reacts after allowing back-to-back home runs during the fifth inning to the Washington Nationals during Game 2. (Oct. 8, 2012)

Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond slides home past St.
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Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond slides home past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina to score on a single by Jordan Zimmermann during the second inning of Game 2. (Oct. 8, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig, left, rounds the
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St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig, left, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann during the third inning in Game 2. (Oct. 8, 2012)

Lance Lynn pitches during the third inning against
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Lance Lynn pitches during the third inning against the Washington Nationals during in Game 2. (Oct. 8, 2012)

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper bats during the first
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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper bats during the first inning in Game 2. (Oct. 8, 2012)

Adam Wainwright pitches during the first inning against
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Adam Wainwright pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals during Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium. (Oct. 7, 2012)

Jon Jay hits a sacrifice fly to score
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Jon Jay hits a sacrifice fly to score Daniel Descalso as Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki, left, watches during the second inning. (Oct. 7, 2012)

Ian Desmond, right, is out at second as
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Ian Desmond, right, is out at second as St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso fails to turn the double play during the fourth inning in Game 1. (Oct. 7, 2012)

Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals pitches in
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Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals pitches in first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during NLDS Game 1 at Busch Stadium. (Oct. 7, 2012)

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Adam Wainwright pitches against the Washington Nationals during
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Adam Wainwright pitches against the Washington Nationals during Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium. (Oct. 7, 2012)

Bryce Harper puts his hat on after the
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Bryce Harper puts his hat on after the National Anthem before the start of the game against the St Louis Cardinals during Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium. (Oct. 7, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn celebrates after
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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn celebrates after striking out Washington Nationals hitter Jayson Werth to end the top of the sixth inning in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. (Oct. 7, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday grimaces after being
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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday grimaces after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning in Game 1 of baseball's National League division series against the Washington Nationals. (Oct. 7, 2012)

Jayson Werth tosses his bat after striking out
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Jayson Werth tosses his bat after striking out to end the sixth inning of Game 1 of the National League division baseball series against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 7, 2012)

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St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig is out at
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St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig is out at second as Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa turns the double play to end the seventh inning in Game 1. (Oct. 7, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter reacts after being
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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter reacts after being called out on strikes by home plate umpire Paul Emmel, left, to end the eighth inning in Game 1. (Oct. 7, 2012)

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