Werth’s homer for Nats forces Game 5 against Cards
October 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals signed Jayson Werth to show them how to win. His game-ending homer Thursday night extended their surprising season. 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.