Michael Taylor

Cubs outlast Nationals 9-8 in decisive NLDS Game 5 to clinch series, advance to NLCS

Cubs outlast Nationals 9-8 in decisive NLDS Game 5 to clinch series, advance to NLCS

Even after rallying for four runs off All-Star Max Scherzer and employing starter Jose Quintana in relief the Cubs still needed some help to survive Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

Considering the choppy route they took to get to the playoffs, the clinching game in the series was a perfect microcosm of their eventful ride.

Thanks to some eighth-inning help from the Nationals, the Cubs held on for a 9-8 victory to advance to their third straight NL Championship Series that begins against the Dodgers on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Closer Wade Davis earned the save after allowing one run in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

Davis walked the first two...

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