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Nationals knock out Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson with huge first-inning rally – Yahoo Sports

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The Washington Nationals scored seven first-inning runs in NLCS Game 4. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Washington Nationals are on a mission.

Needing one more victory to clinch their first trip to the World Series in franchise history, the Nationals wasted no time putting runs on the board against St. Louis Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson. The Nationals plated seven runs in the first inning of NLCS Game 4, sending the Cardinals right-hander packing after just eight batters.

A pair of defensive miscues aided the Nationals’ rally, but Hudson wasn’t fooling many batters, either. Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Juan Soto all reached on solid hits to begin the outburst. Then Yan Gomes capped Hudson’s night with a hard-hit, two-run single to left.

Adam Wainwright was summoned from the bullpen to restore order, but was unable to do so before Turner capped the rally he started with a two-run single of his own.

Hudson was charged with seven runs. Only four were earned due to Kolten Wong’s error. The usually sure-handed second baseman was unable to handle a routine throw on a double-play ball. St. Louis didn’t get an out on the play. That play opened the door for the huge inning.

The following batter, Victor Robles, reached when Wong, right fielder Jose Martinez and first base Paul Goldschmidt miscommunicated on a pop-up into short right field. No error was charged.

5-0 with only one out. 😱

The @Nationals are trying to finish the fight in the first. pic.twitter.com/CpYtukHGNO

— MLB (@MLB) October 16, 2019

To save their season, the Cardinals will now have to rally from seven runs down against Patrick Corbin. The veteran left-hander struck out five of the first six batters he faced in Game 4. The Cardinals have scored two runs total through the first three games in the series.

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