Cubs score 4 runs in the 9th, eliminate Giants with 6-5 win in NLDS
Willson Contreras tied the game in the ninth with a two-run single, Javier Baez followed with a ground ball up the middle to score Jason Heyward, and the Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the NL division series and advance to the championship series.
It was a nightmare ninth for the Giants, who entered the inning leading 5-2. Kris Bryant led off with a single, followed by an Anthony Rizzo walk. Ben Zobrist doubled to score Bryant, putting men on second and third with nobody out.
Contreras singled to center, scoring both men to tie the game. A bunt and throwing error removed him but put Heyward on second, allowing Baez to drive in the go-ahead run with a single on an 0-2 count.
Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to clinch the win.
Buster Posey kicked off the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first inning to score Denard Span.
The Cubs came back to tie it up on a David Ross home run in the third, but Chicago starter John Lackey coughed up the lead, giving up a bases-loaded single to starting pitcher Matt Moore to score Gillespie and an RBI-ground out to Span.
Lackey was pulled after four innings after throwing 74 pitches and giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks.
Ross pulled the Cubs back within one on a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth, but the Giants game back in the bottom of the frame as Gillespie hit an RBI-single and Joe Panik sacrificed Brandon Crawford home.
Moore struck out 10 batters across eight innings, allowing only two hits and two walks while being charged with just one earned run. But the bullpen faltered in the ninth, as manager Bruce Bochy cycled through five relievers to get three outs.
Will Smith, who gave up the game-tying single to Contreras, was charged as the loser.