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Bruce Bochy might have been hopeful that his team could have provided him with a nice, relaxing win when the Giants struck for four runs in the bottom of the first inning.

But hopeful was all that it really was. The Giants found their way to another one-run win, their fourth of the playoffs, with a 5-4 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the NLCS.

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It looked like San Francisco would have a little more breathing room than they've grown accustomed to over the last couple weeks when Travis Ishikawa's bases-clearing double in the bottom of the first made it 4-0. Ishikawa's three RBI's capped an inning that started with the first two batters of the lineup making outs. San Francisco rallied with three straight hits, an intentional walk and then Ishikawa's double.

Kolten Wong, the hero from the Cardinals' game three win, came through with the biggest hit for the Cardinals all day long

And those four runs seemed like an awful lot for the Cardinals to overcome the way Tim Hudson threw the ball early in the game. Making his first NLCS start ever, Hudson breezed through the first three innings before St. Louis started chipping away at the lead.

Wong triples 

Kolten Wong, the hero from the Cardinals' game three win, came through with the biggest hit for the Cardinals all day long. After St. Louis put the first two batters on base in the fourth, Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta failed to do as much as move them over. That brought Wong to the plate with two outs and two runners on in a 4-0 game. And the rookie second baseman tripled to deep right. Wong's wall ball ricocheted off the high wall in right and bounced toward right center field. The triple bailed the Cardinals out of a squandered opportunity and gave them life after inflicting some damage on Hudson. 

For the Giants, the win adds to the growing list of unusual ways the team continues to win ballgames

The Birds added a run in the sixth and finally came even when Randal Grichuk homered with one out in the seventh. Grichuk's third home run of the postseason hit off the foul pole in left field and made it 4-4. It would also chase Hudson from the game after 6.1 innings. 

Error for the win

Neither bullpen blinked until the 10th when Randy Choate came in and failed to get an out. First, he walked Brandon Crawford and then gave up a hit to Juan Perez after two missed bunt attempts. Then, when Gregor Blanco did get a bunt down, Choate fielded it and threw it down the right field line. The error allowed Crawford to score the winning run.

For the Giants, the win adds to the growing list of unusual ways the team continues to win ballgames. And for the Cardinals, the loss puts them down 2-1 with the next pair of games to be played in San Francisco. St. Louis must win at least one to send the game back to Busch Stadium.

Shelby Miller will oppose Ryan Vogelsong in tomorrow's game that starts at 5:07 local time.  

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