Daniel boon: Murphy lifts Mets into NLCS!

Daniel boon: Murphy lifts Mets into NLCS!

LOS ANGELES -- The carpet in Dodger Stadium's visiting clubhouse was soaked so thoroughly that a pool formed in the center of it. Mets players ditched their spikes and eventually even their shower sandals, wading through the beer-soaked muck in bright blue socks. They gathered around at one point as pitcher Jon Niese, with a running start, slid on his belly along the length of the puddle.

The Mets were celebrating. Again. Their Daniel Murphy-fueled 3-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 gave them a National League Division Series victory, clinching their date in the NL Championship Series, which begins Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, TBS) against the Cubs at Citi Field. They donned goggles and sprayed champagne for the second time in three weeks.

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deGrom overcomes adversity in NLDS victory

deGrom overcomes adversity in NLDS victory

LOS ANGELES -- Nearly three hours after taking that third-inning stroll to the mound with the understanding that his young pitcher was flirting with disaster, a champagne-soaked Mets manager Terry Collins stood in the celebratory visitor's clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, singing the praises of Jacob deGrom, whose competitive spirit proved to be even more impressive than the dominance he had displayed just six days earlier.

"This tells you how good he is," Collins said. "He just keeps battling. If that didn't prove the makeup this guy has, I don't know what to tell you. He battled his [butt] off."

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.