October 8, 2017 / 6:21 AM / a year ago

Highlights of Saturday's MLB playoff games

(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday’s Major League Baseball playoff games:

Oct 7, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle (62) celebrates after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game two of the 2017 NLDS at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals 6, Cubs 3

Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman each homered in a five-run eighth inning as the Washington Nationals stormed back to defeat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 in Game Two of the National League Division Series on Saturday, tying up the best-of-five series at 1-1.

Harper hit a long two-run homer off Carl Edwards Jr with one out in the eighth to tie the game at 3-3.

Adam Lind led off with a pinch-hit single and was replaced by pinch-runner Victor Robles, who scored when Harper launched a shot into the right-field stands.

Edwards then walked Anthony Rendon and the Cubs brought in Mike Montgomery, who gave up a single to Daniel Murphy with one out.

Zimmerman (2-for-4) then lofted a three-run homer just over the fence in left to give Washington a 6-3 lead.

Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for the Nationals to get his first post-season save.

Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 5

Logan Forsythe, starting at second base over Chase Utley for the second night in a row, had three hits, scored two runs, drove in one and stole a base as Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead over Arizona in their best-of-five NLDS with an 8-5 win.

Austin Barnes, getting a start in place of regular catcher Yasmani Grandal, had two hits, scored two runs, drove in two and stole a base. His two-run double was the key hit in a four-run fifth inning that turned a 3-2 edge into a 7-2 cushion.

Barnes’ hit came in handy because of a three-run pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning by Arizona’s Brandon Drury that silenced — at least momentarily — a blue towel-waving sellout crowd.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen entered the game with one on and one out in the eighth inning, and retired all five hitters he faced to finish it off.

Editing by John O'Brien

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