>>Werth Walk-Off Homer Extends Nats, Cards To Game Five
(Washington, DC) -- Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo home run to give the Nationals a 2-1 win over the Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Division Series. The best-of-five matchup is now tied at two games apiece. Werth connected off St. Louis reliever Lance Lynn, swatting the 13th pitch of the at-bat over the wall for the walk-off win. Adam LaRoche homered in the second to stake Washington to a 1-0 lead. Carlos Beltran tied the game with a sac-fly for St. Louis in the third. Drew Storen got the win, while Lynn took the loss. Each team had just three hits. The Nationals will host the deciding Game Five on Friday. The winner will advance to the National League Championship Series to play the San Francisco Giants for the right to go to the World Series.
>>Giants, Tigers Secure LCS Spots
(Undated) -- The San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers secured spots in their respective League Championship Series on Thursday. Buster Posey hit a grand slam during a six-run fifth inning as the Giants held off the Reds, 6-4, in the decisive Game Five of their NL Division Series. After falling in a two-games-to-none hole, the Giants reeled off three straight road wins to advance to the NLCS. The Reds have not won a playoff series since 1995.
In Oakland, Justin Verlander went the distance as the Tigers trounced the A's, 4-0, in Game Five of their AL Division Series. Verlander scattered four hits and struck out 11 as Detroit advanced to the ALCS for the second straight year. The A's were attempting to come all the way back from a two-games-to-none deficit.
In New York, J.J. Hardy's RBI double in the top of the 13th gave the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Yankees in Game Four of their ALDS. Nate McLouth smacked a solo homer in the fifth to help Baltimore dodge elimination and force a decisive Game Five at 5:07 p.m. Eastern on Friday. The O's and Yanks have split their 22 meetings this season. All four division series went the maximum five games.