Angry Birds? Angry Birds.
One day after letting a late 2-1 lead slip through their hands, the St. Louis Cardinals' offense awakened, crushing four home runs -- including two big ones by Carlos Beltran -- as they defeated the Washington Nationals 12-4 to tie the teams' National League Division Series at 1-1.
Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche hit back-to-back homers in the fifth, but even then, the Nationals still trailed 7-3. Beltran's first home run put the Cardinals up 8-3 and his second gave them a commanding 11-4 lead in the eighth. Both teams combined for six home runs Monday after not hitting any Sunday. The 12 runs allowed by Washington are the most in Nationals/Expos postseason franchise history.
The series now shifts to D.C. for Game 3 Wednesday at Nationals Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on MLB Network.
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