St Louis Cardinals win thriller over Giants to even series

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It doesn't appear that the National League Championship Series will end anytime soon. 

On the back of a Kolten Wong walk-off home run in the ninth inning Sunday night, the St. Louis Cardinals emerged as the 5-4 winners of a back and forth game in what's shaping up to be a very back and forth series. 

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Low scoring affair

Neither starter gave up many runs, but both of them left the game rather early. Cardinals starter Lance Lynn got through 5.2 with only giving up two runs on six hits. For San Francisco, Jake Peavy gave up only two runs on four hits but only lasted four innings. And after both sides dipped into their bullpens, things got crazy.

The Giants broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh when Gregor Blanco singled against Carlos Martinez. The RBI base hit scored the go-ahead run, which was charged to Randy Choate and gave the Giants their late lead that almost always translates into a win. 

But St. Louis fought back with the long ball. Oscar Taveras pinch-hit in the seventh for the pitcher's spot in the lineup and blasted a solo shot to right. It was the first career postseason home run for the highly-touted St. Louis prospect and tied the game at three. Matt Adams followed that up in the eighth with 394-foot homer to give St. Louis the lead headed to the ninth. 


After saving all three of the Cardinals' wins in the NLDS, Trevor Rosenthal blew his first of the playoffs when he couldn't find the strike zone. Rosenthal did give up two hits, but a pair of walks hurt him the most. He walked Joe Panik to load the bases, but what turned into a wild pitch allowed both runners to move up. Matt Duffy came home to score and Mike Matheny went to Seth Maness to finish the frame. 

And fortunately for St. Louis, Maness got the final out of the ninth with no more damage done. And that set the stage for Kolten Wong to win game two of the NLCS just like he won game three the round earlier. Wong's solo home run on the second pitch of the inning off Sergio Romo sent St. Louis fans into hysteria and, more importantly, evened the series at one win apiece. It was the Cardinals' fourth solo home run of the night - a rarity for a team that finished dead last in the NL in home runs. 

The two sides will travel Monday before picking up the series in San Francisco - the site of the next three games. John Lackey will likely start game three against Tim Hudson, despite neither team announcing a starter yet. 

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