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Barry Zito and Giants hold off elimination

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The Giants are still alive in the NLCS. The Giants improved to 4-2 on the road this postseason with a 5-1 win over St. Louis.

Barry Zito retired 11 consecutive batters in one stretch while giving up just six hits with six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings for the Giants to pick up the win.

"This is definitely it for me," Zito said when asked if this was the biggest game he's pitched in his career. "Coming here, especially doing it in a Giants uniform. A lot of people were saying stuff about A's days. And for me, the most important thing is doing everything for San Francisco right now."

Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn threw a ball that bounced off the second base bag in the fourth inning which led to four runs from the Giants and an early exit for Lynn.

"I don't mind him being aggressive if he's got the play," manager Mike Matheny said. "(Shortstop Pete) Kozma was in the right place; he just made a low throw.

"And to do it over again, I'm sure he'd like to take the easy out at first base," he said.

The Cardinals were looking to clinch their second-straight NLCS pennant and will have another chance on Sunday night in San Francisco.

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