2012 National League Division Series 1
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|2012 National League Division Series|
|St. Louis Cardinals
88 - 74 in the NL
|3 - 2
98 - 64 in the NL
 The Teams
 Series results
|1||Washington Nationals 3 St. Louis Cardinals 2||October 7||Gio Gonzalez (0-0) Adam Wainwright (0-0)|
|2||Washington Nationals 4 St. Louis Cardinals 12||October 8||Jordan Zimmermann (0-1) Jaime Garcia (0-0)|
|3||St. Louis Cardinals 8 Washington Nationals 0||October 10||Chris Carpenter (1-0) Edwin Jackson (0-1)|
|4||St. Louis Cardinals 1 Washington Nationals 2||October 11||Kyle Lohse (0-0) Ross Detwiler (0-0)|
|5||St. Louis Cardinals 9 Washington Nationals 7||October 12||Adam Wainwright (0-0) Gio Gonzalez (0-0)|
 Game 1 @ Busch Stadium
|WP: Ryan Mattheus (1-0), LP: Mitchell Boggs (0-1), SV: Drew Storen (1)|
|Home Runs: - none|
- Attendance: 47,078
Tyler Moore delivered a pinch single off Marc Rzepczynski with two outs in the 8th, driving in 2 runs, to lead the Washington Nationals to a 3-2 win in Game 1 of the NLDS in St. Louis, the first postseason win in Nationals history.
 Game 2 @ Busch Stadium
|WP: Lance Lynn (1-0), LP: Jordan Zimmermann (0-1)|
|Home Runs: - WAS: Adam LaRoche (1), Ryan Zimmerman (1); STL: Carlos Beltran 2 (2), Allen Craig (1), Daniel Descalso (1)|
- Attendance: 45,840
Manager Mike Matheny yanked his starter, Jaime Garcia, after only two laborious innings, but St. Louis went on to beat Washington, 12-4, to even the NLDS at one win apiece. Lance Lynn stepped in ably in relief of Garcia while the Cards chased Nats starter Jordan Zimmermann after only 3 innings. Homers by Allen Craig, Daniel Descalso and Carlos Beltran, twice, propelled the winners' offense.
 Game 3 @ Nationals Park
|WP: Chris Carpenter (1-0), LP: Edwin Jackson (0-1)|
|Home Runs: - STL: Pete Kozma (1)|
- Attendance: 45,017
St. Louis ook a 2 games to 1 lead with an 8-0 shutout of Washington in Game 3. Chris Carpenter, who had only pitched 17 innings this season after sustaining an injury in spring training, pitched 5 2/3 innings for the win. Matt Holliday had three hits and Pete Kozma hit a three-run homer off Edwin Jackson to lead the Cards' offense. Jackson was only starting because of the Nationals' controversial decision to shut down ace starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg in early September, as he had reached a pre-set innings limit.
 Game 4 @ Nationals Park
|WP: Drew Storen (1-0), LP: Lance Lynn (1-1)|
|Home Runs: - WAS: Adam LaRoche (2) , Jayson Werth (1)|
- Attendance: 44,392
Jayson Werth's walk-off home run off Lance Lynn leading off the bottom of the 9th sent Washington to a 2-1 win over St. Louis in Game 4. The Nats scored once in 7 innings against starter Kyle Lohse, on a 2nd-inning homer by Adam LaRoche, while his opponent Ross Detwiler limited the Cards to an unearned run in 6 innings. Three relievers then followed with a scoreless inning each for Washington, with Drew Storen ending up the winner. In an odd note, the winning and losing pitchers were high school teammates.
 Game 5 @ Nationals Park
|WP: Jason Motte (1-0), LP: Drew Storen (1-1)|
|Home Runs: - STL: Daniel Descalso (2); WAS: Bryce Harper (1), Mike Morse (1), Ryan Zimmerman (2)|
- Attendance: 45,966
The Cardinals moved on to the NLCS with another dramatic comeback, pulling out a 9-7 win over the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS, after trailing by 6 runs. With St. Louis trailing, 7-5, in the top of the 9th, Carlos Beltran hit a lead-off double, but Drew Storen retired the next two batters; however, Yadier Molina and David Freese both drew walks on full counts and Daniel Descalso hit a shot just off the glove of SS Ian Desmond to tie the game. Pete Kozma followed with a single to score two more runs. Jason Motte then pitched a scoreless bottom of the 9th to give St. Louis another stunning postseason win.
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