Giants overpower Cards defense in 6-4 win, Giants lead series 3-1 -

Giants overpower Cards defense in 6-4 win, Giants lead series 3-1

(BaseballStL) -- Jon Jay gave the Cardinals life in the ninth inning to bring up Matt Holliday in the hopes of tying the game with one swing and two outs as the Cards tried for some more postseason magic.

And down to their last strike, Holliday looked at a ball on the outside corner of the plate to give the Giants the win.

The Cardinals with rely on their ace Adam Wainwright to stave off elimination against Madison Bumgarner Thursday night. 

Maness gets through rough 7th inning

Seth Maness went out for his second inning of work in the seventh and ran into some trouble, but was able to escape any further damage. 

After singling, Brandon Belt ran first to third on Brandon Crawford's single into right field, but Belt was count down at the plate on a throw from Matt Carpenter to keep the Cardinals within two runs of the Giants as Maness was able to work through the inning, saving another arm out of the bullpen. 

Pat Neshek followed Maness in the eighth inning sending the Giants down in order. 

Cards surrender 3 runs to Giants in 6th

The Cardinals bullpen struggled to keep the number of walks down through the middle innings with five walks in the fourth through sixth innings.

Marco Gonzales put two runners with no outs in the sixth inning. Pinch-hitter Mike Duffy laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third and within 90 feet of tying the game. 

Then Gregor Blanco hit a chopper to Matt Adams who tried to throw off his opposite foot, but it was too late to the plate as the Giants tied the game. Joe Panik then hit a sharp ground ball to Adams who stepped on the first base bag hoping to get Blanco out on the tag, but his throw took Jhonny Peralta off the bag and the run scores to give the Giants their first lead of the game. 

Mike Matheny called upon ground ball guru Seth Maness to get the final out of the sixth, instead he gave up a single into left field to score Blanco as the Giants take a 6-4 lead. The hits continued as Pablo Sandoval hit another single into center that had Buster Posey advancing to third. 

The Cardinals finally got out of the sixth inning with a pop out from Hunter Pence.

Choate gets out of the jam in the 4th

Randy Choate ran into some trouble in the fourth inning in relief of Shelby Miller.

Neither starter lasted long in the game and Mike Matheny called upon Choate to face the top of the Giants order including Gregor Blanco who had the bunt Tuesday night that Choate threw away.

The lefty walked Blano and then ran the count 2-0 to Joe Panik with two runners on base. He then worked the count full before Panik hit a ground ball back at Choate who ran halfway to first base and tossed the ball underhand to Matt Adams at first base to end the inning and the threat from the Giants. 

Giants get two run back in 3rd inning

The Giants got a run back in the third inning on a two-out single from Buster Posey.

Joaquin Ariad came in to pinch-hit from pitcher Ryan Vogelsong and began the inning with a single. Matt Adams made a diving stop on a hard hit ball from Gregor Blanco and was only able to get the out at first.

Then a fly ball to center allowed Arias to move up to third as he then came around to score on Posey's hit into left field to cut into the Cards lead 4-2. And after issuing a walk to Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence delivered an RBI to put the Giants within one run. 

Wong homers for third time in postseason

Kolten Wong hit his third home run of the postseason in the third inning to increase the Cardinals lead.

Wong took the sixth pitch of his at-bat over the right field wall. The home run ties the Cardinals record for home runs by a rookie in the postseason held by Willie McGee back in 1982.

The Cardinals scored another run prior to Wong's homer, but at the cost of a double play.

Matt Holliday smashed a double down the right field line to begin the third inning. Holliday moved to third on Matt Adams second hit of the game, but then Jhonny Peralta grounded into his second double play of the game.

The inning was the last for Ryan Vogelsong as Bruce Bochy lifted him for a pinch-hitter at the start of the bottom of the third. 

Wong-Pierzynski team up for run in 2nd

The scoring continued into the second inning for the Cardinals.

Similar to the bottom half of the first, Kolten Wong hit a ball to deep center field that glanced off the top of Gregor Blanco's glove and allowed the second baseman to reach second. Then to the smattering of boos, AJ Pierzynski singled Wong in to retake the lead for the Birds.

Then Shelby Miller, who had 13 sacrifice bunts during the regular season, attempted to move Pierzynski to second, however, the hard bunt allowed the Giants to throw out the slow running Pierzynski.

Matt Carpenter then drew a two-out walk and pushed Ryan Vogelsong's pitch count to 39 in the second inning, but Jon Jay was called out on strikes to end the inning. 

Giants get run back in the first

The bottom half of the first inning started off rough for the Redbirds as they gave back a run to the Giants.

Gregor Blanco launched a ball into the left field gap that Jon Jay tried to run down, but the ball glanced off the top of his glove and allowed Blanco to cruise into second base. A single from Joe Panik into left field allowed Blanco to move up to third and then come around to score on a sacrifice fly from Buster Posey.

But in one of the best double plays turned by the Cardinals this season, Pablo Sandoval hit a sharp grounder to Jhonny Peralta who pulled Kolten Wong to the front of the bag. The rookie then jumped through the air and got the ball to first just in time to get Sandoval to keep the game tied.

Adams gives Cards 1-0 lead in the 1st

The Cardinals struck first in Game 4 of the NLCS by scoring a run in the first inning, off the batt of first baseman Matt Adams. 

Matt Carpenter singled into right field on a ball that just got past the glove of Joe Panik, but Carpenter hustled out of the box and stretched the single into a double which proved necessary. After Jon Jay drew a full-count walk, Adams poked a single to the opposite field that allowed Carpenter to score. 

But one run was all the Cardinals would get as Jhonny Peralta grounded into a 5-6-3 double play to send out Shelby Miller.

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