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Nats sweep, headed to first World Series

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WASHINGTON (AP) It was merely the first inning, yet fans kept rising out of their seats to applaud or yell or twirl their red towels, to chant "Let's go, Nats!" and "M-V-P!" and various players' names, enjoying every moment of a seven-run outburst that would, eventually, propel their city to its first World Series appearance in 86 years.

And then, a couple of hours and several innings later, as the Washington Nationals were protecting a shrinking lead, those same spectators, 43,976 strong, stood and shouted and reveled some more Tuesday night, giddily counting down the outs needed to finish off an NL Championship Series sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.

From 19-31 during a mediocre May to the Fall Classic in an outstanding October.

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Rank Name HR
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2 M. Trout, LAA45
3t A. Bregman, Hou41
3t N. Cruz, Min41
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6 G. Torres, NYY38
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2t X. Bogaerts, Bos117
2t J. Soler, KC117
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5 A. Bregman, Hou112
6 E. Rosario, Min109
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