Dodgers, Nationals tied at 3 after 9 innings in NLDS Game 5

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers are tied 3-3 after nine innings in Game 5 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday night after Clayton Kershaw blew a two-run lead by allowing homers to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto on consecutive pitches in the eighth.

Los Angeles built a 3-0 lead against Stephen Strasburg on Max Muncy's two-run homer in the first and Kike Hernandez's solo shot in the second.

Soto began Washington's comeback with an RBI single against Walker Buehler in the sixth. Kershaw, a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner with a spotty history in October, entered with two on and two outs in the seventh and struck out Adam Eaton.

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The winner plays the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series starting Friday. St. Louis routed Atlanta 13-1 in Game 5 of that series earlier Wednesday.

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