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Wong's walk-off homer gives Cards 5-4 win over Giants, NLCS tied

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

(BaseballStL) -- For the fourth time in the game, the Cardinals got a home run to finally send the Busch faithful home on a walk-off homer from second baseman Kolten Wong. 

The Hawaiian Hammer took the second pitch he saw over the right field wall to give the Redbirds a 5-4 win and to tie the NLCS at one game a piece as both teams head to San Francisco. 

Giants get tying run on wild pitch

In a strange turn of events, the Giants tied the game in the top of the ninth on a ball that got away from Tony Cruz and scored the runner from second.

Closer Trevor Rosenthal got Brandon Crawford on a strike out, but gave up back-to-back singles. Jhonny Peralta made a great jumping catch to rob Gregor Blanco of a hit. 

Then with two outs, Rosenthal issued a walk to Joe Panik as the last pitch got away from Cruz and allowed pinch-runner Matt Duffy to score from second. Cruz was thrust into the game when catcher Yadier Molina left with a strained oblique in the sixth inning. 

Rosenthal walked Buster Posey and Matheny had seen enough as he went to Seth Maness to face Pablo Sandoval. Maness got Sandoval to ground back to him to end the inning and keep the game tied. 

Adams homer puts Cards on top in 8th

Matt Adams followed his teammate Oscar Taveras' lead by hitting another solo home run in the eighth inning to put the Cardinals ahead of the Giants 4-3.

On a 2-1 count, Adams drove a 97 mph fastball 390 feet over the right field wall for his second home run of the postseason. 

Taveras homers to tie game

More magic for the Cardinals in the bottom half of the seventh inning as pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras went deep to tie the game at three.

On a 2-1 count, Taveras drove the ball over the wall just inside the right field fole pole for his first home run of the postseason and his first since September 6th. 

Lead-off walk leads to run for Giants

A lead-off walk to begin the seventh inning came around to haunt the Cardinals as the Giants took their first lead of the game.

Randy Choate came out to face the first batter of the seventh, left-hander Brandon Belt. But Choate couldn't retire Belt, instead issuing a walk. Mike Matheny called on Carlos Martinez. 

Tony Cruz, who entered the game when Yadier Molina exited with a strained left oblique, gave up a passed ball with pinch-hitter Michael Morse up to bat that allowed Belt to move up a base. Jhonny Peralta then had to dodge a broken bat as Morse reached base safely to put runners on with no out.

A sacrifice bunt moved Belt and Morse to third and second respectively and a single into right field from Gregor Blanco gave the Giants a 3-2 lead. Martinez did get two more fly ball outs to keep the Cardinals within one run. 

Giants get two runs off Lynn

The Giants were able to get one back against Lance Lynn in the fifth inning after Jon Jay wasn't able to come up with a diving catch.

Lynn allowed the first man to reach on a single before getting a fly out from Brandon Crawford. Then Travis Ishikawa hit a ball into the left field gap that Jay ran down. As he dove for the ball, he came crashing down into the grass and the ball was knocked out of his glove. Ishikawa and Brandon Belt advanced on the play to put runners on second and third.

With one out and two runners on, Bruce Bochy lifted starter Jake Peavy for Joaquin Arias who grounded out to second allowing Belt to score to cut into the Cards lead. Lynn escaped further trouble by striking out Gregor Blanco.

Then in the sixth inning they put another run on the board after Lynn got the first two batters to strike out. After fanning Joe Panik and Buster Posey, Lynn gave up a double down the left field line to Pablo Sandoval who came around to score on a single from Hunter Pence.

Grichuk gives Redbirds another run

Randal Grichuk repaid manager Mike Matheny's faith in him in the fourth inning by singling in the second run of the game off Jake Peavy.

Matt Adams drew a lead-off walk that was followed by a single from Jhonny Peralta. Then for only the second time in the last two years, Yadier Molina laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Adams and Peralta over a base.

But the Giants elected to intentionally pass Kolten Wong in favor of setting up bases loaded and a potential double play to end the inning from Grichuk. Instead, the Cardinal right field poked the ball into left field to plate Adams and extend the Cards lead to 2-0.

Carpenter blasts his 4th home run of postseason

Matt Carpenter gave the Cardinals their first lead of the NLCS with a home run off Jake Peavy in the third inning. 

His fourth home run of the postseason went 406 feet into the Cardinals bullpen to give his team a 1-0 lead. The homer gives Carpenter his eighth RBI of the postseason.

Matching zeros through 2 innings

Both Lance Lynn and Jake Peavy put up zeros in the first inning despite quite a few long fly ball outs.

In the top half, Lynn worked around a one-out base hit from Joe Panik that escaped the reach of Kolten Wong  and traveled into right field. But the right-hander got help from Randal Grichuk on a deep fly ball to right center and then got Pablo Sandoval to fly out to center to end the inning.

Peavy got ahead of lead-off batter Matt Carpenter 0-2 quickly, but the Cardinal third baseman worked back to a full count. He ultimately struck out, but did take seven pitches in the at-bat. Hunter Pence returned Grichuk's favor by tracking down a long ball from Jon Jay before Peavy got Matt Holliday to ground out to end the inning.

The difference between the two starters though, was Lynn threw 22 pitches in the first inning and Peavy only threw 14. 

However, in the second inning Peavy ran into trouble by putting two runners on with one out.

Peavy issued a free pass to Jhonny Peralta and on the next pitch, Yadier Molina drove a single into left field. But neither Kolten Wong or Randal Grichuk could push either runner across the plate as Peavy escaped trouble, although his pitch count rose to 38 at the end of two innings.

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