MLB PLAYOFFS

Nationals vs. Cardinals: Jayson Werth's walkoff homer in 9th lifts Nats past Cardinals

Jayson Werth's walk-off homer won the game for Washington and forced a Game 5. (Photo: Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals signed Jayson Werth to show them how to win. His game-ending homer Thursday night extended their surprising season.

Adam LaRoche hits a solo home run in the second inning against the Cardinals. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Werth led off the bottom of the ninth inning by driving Lance Lynn's 13th pitch into the left-field stands to give the Nationals a 2-1 victory over the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and force a Game 5 in their NL division series.

As he circled the bases, Werth raised his right index finger in a "No. 1" gesture, while the announced crowd of 44,392 roared with delight.

The best-of-five series will end Friday night in Washington, with the winner advancing to face the San Francisco Giants in the NL championship series.

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