(SAN FRANCISCO) — The St. Louis Cardinals had to win a one-game playoff game just to get to this point, and it doesn’t look like they’re going away any time soon.
David Freese and Carlos Beltran homered as the Cardinals hung on to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Sunday night at AT&T Park to take a 1-0 lead in the NLCS.
Freese, last year’s World Series MVP, got the scoring started against Giants lefthander Madison Bumgarner in the second inning with a two-run blast to left-center field. Beltran followed that up with a two-run shot of his own in the fourth to give the Cardinals a 6-0 lead. Bumgarner lasted only three and two-third innings and surrendered eight hits.
Unfazed, the Giants awoke the hometown crowd with a four-run inning in the bottom half of the fourth to make it 6-4, but they would get no closer.
St. Louis starter Lance Lynn struggled, going only three and two-third innings while walking two and surrending four runs. Jason Motte picked up the save by throwing a scoreless ninth.
Chris Carpenter is slated to start Game 2 for the Cardinals, while Ryan Vogelsong is the scheduled starter for San Francisco.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire