MLB PLAYOFFS

Nationals rally past Cardinals to win Game 1

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pinch hitter Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals won in their postseason debut, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in 3-2 Sunday in an NL playoff opener.

Relief pitcher Drew Storen, right, and catcher Kurt Suzuki celebrate the Nats’ 3-2 win over the Cardinals in Game 1. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Nationals' Kurt Suzuki hits an RBI single during the second in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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The Nationals overcame a wild start by 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez, then watched their bullpen shut down St. Louis in the late innings.

Ahead 2-1 in the seventh, the Cardinals didn't score after loading the bases with no outs.

The NL East champion Nationals led the majors with 98 wins this season, and go for a 2-0 series lead Monday when Jordan Zimmermann opposes Jaime Garcia.

The Cardinals made it to the best-of-five division series by beating Atlanta in the wild-card matchup Friday.

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