Werth's blast in the ninth forces a Game 5

6:27 PM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
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Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jayson Werth kept the Washington Nationals' storybook season alive in dramatic fashion, belting a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the National League East champions a thrilling 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of their NL Division Series from Nationals Park.

Werth came out as the victor in a tense 13-pitch at-bat with Lance Lynn (1-1), hammering a fastball from the Cardinals' 18-game winner into the visiting bullpen to set up a deciding Game 5 to take place Friday in Washington. The winner will take on San Francisco in the NLCS beginning on Sunday.

Adam LaRoche also homered for the Nationals, who mustered just three hits for the game but still managed to bounce back from back-to-back losses to St. Louis by a combined 20-4 margin.

Ross Detwiler, taking a rotation spot created by Washington's decision to shut down ace Stephen Strasburg, held the Cardinals to one unearned run on three hits over the first six innings, with Drew Storen (1-0) claiming the win with a scoreless top of the ninth in which he struck out two.

Kyle Lohse surrendered only one run and two hits while striking out five over a sharp seven-inning stint for St. Louis.

Allen Craig had two of the Cardinals' three hits in Thursday's pitchers duel, with Carlos Beltran knocking in the team's lone run with a sacrifice fly.

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