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Cardinals hold off Giants, claim NLCS Game 1

Oct 14, 2012, 11:44 PM EST

Carlos Beltran AP

The Cardinals overcame a 6-0 deficit to win Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals. On Sunday, they found themselves with a 6-0 lead and then held on to beat the Giants 6-4 in the first game of the NLCS.

David Freese and Carlos Beltran hit two-run homers for the Cardinals as they built their six-run lead and knocked Madison Bumgarner out in the fourth. The rout was very short lived, though, as the Giants came right back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, resulting in Lance Lynn‘s removal from the game.

Both bullpens matched zeroes from there, with neither offense able to score. Tim Lincecum pitched two scoreless innings for San Francisco, but five Cardinals relievers threw scoreless innings. Edward Mujica was credited with the victory after striking out the side in the seventh.

The Cardinals have to be feeling very good about the win, with their replacement starter — Lynn was inserted back into the rotation in place of the injured Jaime Garcia — beating the Giants’ No. 2. Now they get to throw Chris Carpenter against Ryan Vogelsong in Monday’s Game 2 in San Francisco.

  1. 78mu - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Nothing like turning a laugher into a nail biter.

    • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      It’s the Cards specialty.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Has anyone else noticed that home teams are, I believe, 9-16 in this post-season? I don’t know what tickets are selling for, but it might be too much.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Great start to the series. Let’s keep it up tomorrow and pick up game #2 as well. Go Cardinals!

  4. perryt200 - Oct 15, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    There are some really really good teams that can come back from 0-4. It just takes something extra special to come back from 0-6

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