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The curse is real: Nationals season ends after falling to Cubs in Game 5 of NLDS

Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker answers questions after Game 3 of the National League Division Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Chicago. The Cubs won 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Nationals playoff hopes were dashed yet again early Friday morning, as they fell 9-8 in Game 5 of the NLDS to the Chicago Cubs in a nearly five-hour marathon that extended well past midnight and continued the legend of the curse of DC sports teams.

The game was a back-and-forth affair early that featured the Nationals taking a 4-1 lead in the second inning before Chicago stormed back and scored two runs in the third and four runs in the fifth.

After they went ahead 7-4 in the 5th, the Cubs never relinquished the lead and now they’re headed onto the NLCS, just one year removed from winning their first World Series title in more than a century.

As for the Nationals, it’s another year and another massive postseason disappointment for Washington.

With the season on the line it was all-hands-on deck in Game 5, and after three subpar innings from starter Gio Gonzalez and one inning from reliever Matt Albers, Nationals Manager Dusty Baker deployed stud Starting Pitcher Max Scherzer in a relief role in the fifth inning.

But Scherzer, who gave up just one earned run in six innings in Game 3, struggled mightily in Game 5, giving up three hits, a walk and four runs (two of them earned) in an inning of work. After hanging a four spot up on Scherzer in the fifth, the Cubs never looked back, fending off a Nationals comeback that saw Washington score two runs in the 6th and one run in the 7th and 8th.

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