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Daniel Murphy plays hero as Mets beat Dodgers to advance to NLCS

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The Mets and Cubs will meet in the NLCS.

Behind a gusty outing from Jacob deGrom and some heroics from Daniel Murphy, the Mets topped the Dodgers 3-2 in Game 5 of the NLDS tonight to advance to the NLCS.

DeGrom didn’t appear long for this one after giving up two runs in the first inning, but he wiggled out of a handful of jams to hold the Dodgers off the board over the next five innings. It wasn’t easy, as he pitched with runners on base in every inning except the sixth. These were high-stress innings. He ended up throwing 105 pitches while striking out seven and walking three. It wasn’t anywhere close to his dominant outing from Game 1, but it was an impressive recovery.

Murphy was the big hero for New York. Thanks to some heads-up baserunning in the fourth inning, he advanced from first to third on a walk before coming around to score on a game-tying sacrifice fly from Travis d'Arnaud. He then slugged a go-ahead solo homer off Zack Greinke in the sixth. It stood up as the difference in the ballgame. As for Greinke, he allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings while striking out nine batters.

After deGrom was pulled from the game, Mets manager Terry Collins finally turned to Noah Syndergaard, who had warmed up multiple times earlier in the game. Regularly hitting 100 mph with his fastball, he tossed a scoreless seventh inning while striking out two batters. Collins then asked for six outs from his closer Jeurys Familia. He tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning before coming back out for the ninth. Appropriately enough, Chase Utley led off the bottom of the ninth. Familia got him to fly out to right field for the first out before striking out A.J. Ellis swinging. He then struck out Howie Kendrick swinging to end it.

The Mets are back in the NLCS for the first time since 2006. Game 1 of the NLCS vs. the Cubs will take place Saturday night at 8:07 p.m. ET in New York.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.