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posted: 10/7/2012 6:23 PM

Nationals win first playoff game in team history

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  • Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen, right, and catcher Kurt Suzuki celebrate their 3-2 win Sunday over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of baseball's National League division series.

      Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen, right, and catcher Kurt Suzuki celebrate their 3-2 win Sunday over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of baseball's National League division series.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- 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.

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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