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Cardinals-Nationals Game 5
The Cardinals overcame a 6-0 deficit, the largest ever in an elimination game, to beat the Nationals and they did it by scoring four runs in the ninth, all with two outs. Daniel Descalso hit a two-run single to tie the game then Pete Kozma drove home two more, including Descalso, to put St. Louis in front. They retired Washington 1-2-3 in the ninth to win the game 9-7 and take the series.
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Orioles-Yankees, Game 3
Pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning, Raul Ibañez belted a solo homer to force extra innings. Then he struck again in the 12th, sending the Yankees past the Orioles 3-2. Ibañez became first player in major league history to homer twice in a postseason game he didn't start.
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Cardinals-Phillies, Game 5
The ultimate ace, it turned out, belonged to the St. Louis Cardinals. Chris Carpenter fired a three-hitter to outpitch Roy Halladay in a duel for the ages and St. Louis edged Philadelphia 1-0 in the deciding Game 5 of their NL Division Series. The wild-card Cardinals scored in the first inning when Rafael Furcal led off with a triple and Skip Schumaker followed with a double. And that was it.
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Rangers-Rays, Game 4
Adrian Beltre homered in the second, fourth and seventh innings to lift the Rangers over the Rays and into the ALCS. Beltre joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, George Brett, Bob Robertson and Adam Kennedy in hitting three home runs in a playoff game. But Beltre was the first to accomplish the feat in a Division Series.
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Phillies-Reds, Game 1
In Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS, Roy Halladay pitched the second no-hitter in postseason history, and first since Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Halladay shut down the Reds, the NL's highest-scoring team, allowing only one baserunner, while throwing 79 o fhis 104 pitches for strikes. It was his first postseason appearance and an unforgettable one.
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Yankees-Twins, Game 2
Alex Rodriguez's road to postseason redemption began in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the 2009 ALDS. Facing star Twins closer Joe Nathan with the Yankees trailing 3-1, Rodriguez launched a massive two-run homer that tied the score. The Yankees won the game in the 11th on Mark Teixeira's walk-off home run and completed a sweep in Game 3. The Yankees went on to win the World Series, with A-Rod exorcising his previous postseason demons by hitting .365 with six HRs and a franchise-record 18 RBIs.
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Phillies-Brewers, Game 2
Shane Victorino picked a pretty good time to hit the first grand slam of his career (and the first in the Phillies' postseason history). With the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning, the Flyin' Hawaiian blasted a CC Sabathia hanging breaking ball into the left-field bleachers to give the Phillies a 5-1 lead they would not relinquish. Philadelphia went on to beat the Brewers in four games.
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Rockies-Phillies, Game 3
A computer malfunction caused a power blackout that plunged Coors Field into darkness during the second inning of Game 3 of the Rockies Division Series matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. The game was delayed for 14 minutes. When play resumed, the Rockies went on to a series-clinching 2-1 win.
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Yankees-Indians, Game 2
Joba Chamberlain had been almost unhittable since his August call-up, but he finally succumbed to a swarm of insects that invaded Cleveland's Jacobs Field in the late innings of Game 2. After snuffing out an Indians rally in the seventh inning, Chamberlain was distracted enough by the bugs in the eighth to allow a walk and two wild pitches that helped the Indians tie the game. Cleveland went on to win 2-1 and finished off the Yankees in Game 4.
10 of 21John Biever/SI
A's-Twins, Game 1
Frank Thomas powered the A's with two solo home runs in a 3-2 victory at the Metrodome. Thomas went deep in the second inning and again in the top of the ninth to provide what would be the game-winning run. Oakland went on to sweep Minnesota and advance to the ALCS.
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Braves-Astros, Game 4
Chris Burke hit one of the most dramatic home runs in postseason history and ended an 18-inning thriller that featured 14 pitchers. Roger Clemens came out of the bullpen to pitch the last three innings in relief and set up Burke's game-winning shot off of Braves rookie Joey Devine that gave Houston a 7-6 win and clinched the series.
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Red Sox-A's, Game 3
Pinch-hitter Trot Nixon hit a mammoth two-run homer off Rich Harden in the bottom of the 11th inning as Boston staved off elimination and went on to advance to the ALCS.
13 of 21Bob Rosato/SI
Marlins-Giants, Game 4
Ivan Rodriguez hung onto the ball as J.T. Snow barreled over him, marking the first time a postseason series ended with the potential tying run thrown out at the plate.
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Cardinals-Diamondbacks, Game 5
Moments after failing to get down a suicide squeeze with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Tony Womack delivered a series-clinching RBI single.
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A's-Yankees, Game 3
Derek Jeter redirected an errant relay throw with a flip to home plate, nailing Jeremy Giambi and kickstarting the Yankees' comeback from an 0-2 series deficit.
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Jim Edmonds ended the Braves' Division Series dominance by hitting .571 with two homers, four doubles and seven RBIs in the Cardinals' three-game sweep.
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White Sox-Mariners, Game 3
With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Carlos Guillen's safety squeeze scored Rickey Henderson and sent the Mariners to the ALCS.
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Red Sox-Indians, Game 5
Making a surprise relief appearance in an 8-8 slugfest, Pedro Martinez struck out eight in six hitless innings to help Boston complete an 0-2 series comeback.
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Mets-Diamondbacks, Game 4
Backup catcher Todd Pratt, a former pizza delivery driver, hit a series-clinching home run that barely eluded the glove of center fielder Steve Finley.
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Padres-Astros, Game 1
In one of the most dominating performances in postseason history, Kevin Brown struck out 16 batters in eight scoreless innings to outduel Randy Johnson.
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Yankees-Mariners, Game 5
Ken Griffey Jr. scored from first base on Edgar Martinez's two-run double off Jack McDowell in the 11th inning to complete an 0-2 series comeback.
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