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Brewers show grit

MILWAUKEE — Nyjer Morgan denounced his "haters." He suggested he might celebrate by taking a relaxing bath. Then he erupted with a cackle.

All while wearing a helmet in his postgame news conference.

After delivering an RBI single in the 10th inning to beat the Diamondback 3-2 on Friday in Game 5 and send the Brewers to the NL Championship Series, Morgan let his personality out.

"It's a lot, man," Morgan said. "Basically just everything that I've had to overcome, just the stuff that people go out there and perceive about me, everything. Just all my haters. I just wanted to show them that I can play this game, even though I have a fun, bubbly personality. I still come to win, and I'm a winner."

The Brewers would expect nothing less from their rabble-rousing, run-producing force.

With the score 2-2 in the 10th and Carlos Gomez on second with one out, Morgan hit a grounder up the middle that Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz tried in vain to stop with his leg. It went into the outfield, and Gomez scored as a throw home went awry.

Morgan was mobbed by teammates after giving Milwaukee its first victory in a postseason series since it won the AL pennant in 1982.

"We've heard all about 1982, so it's nice to start our own legacy," slugger Ryan Braun said.

Next, the Brewers host the Cardinals on Sunday.

Arizona did all it could to extend its surprising season. Centerfielder Chris Young made a jaw-dropping catch in the sixth, and the Diamondbacks had one last comeback left in the ninth.

Willie Bloomquist drove in the tying run with a safety squeeze, but Arizona was unable to get more against closer John Axford.

"This was a great baseball game (Friday). I'm not happy to be on this end of it," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "And the Brewers, they cashed in on their opportunities, what can we say?"

NLCS: Brewers

vs. Cardinals

Sunday, 4:05: Cardinals at Brewers

Monday, 8:05: Cardinals at Brewers

Wednesday, 8:05: Brewers at Cardinals

Thursday, 8:05: Brewers at Cardinals

Friday, 8:05: Brewers at Cardinals *

Oct. 16, 4:05: Cardinals at Brewers *

Oct. 17, 8:05: Cardinals at Brewers *

* If necessary; all games on TBS

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