Giants edge Cards in 10th for 2-1 series lead

Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:16am EDT
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants beat the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on a wild throw in the 10th inning on Tuesday to gain the upper hand with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.

Cardinals reliever Randy Choate threw wildly to first on Gregor Blanco's attempted sacrifice bunt to allow Brandon Crawford to score from second base for the winning run.

"I'm a little delirious I guess you could say," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "These are hard-fought games.

"We don't do anything easy. We score four in the first and don't do anything after that. They chip away, they battled hard to get back in it and tied the game.

"It's who these two clubs are. It's something you're used to, it's kind of our way. We play a lot of tight games."

The wild card Giants erupted for four runs in the first inning off St. Louis starter John Lackey, keyed by a wind-blown, three-run double by Travis Ishikawa, but were silenced after that until the climactic 10th.

The Cardinals clawed their way back with two runs in the fourth on a triple by Kolten Wong, a single tally in the sixth and seventh-inning home run by Randal Grichuk off starter Tim Hudson that hit the left field foul pole.

St. Louis pitchers set down 16 San Francisco batters in succession before the sleeping Giants stirred in the 10th.

Choate walked lead-off man Crawford and Juan Perez failed in his first two tries at a sacrifice bunt. Swinging away with two strikes, Perez singled to left, bringing Blanco to the plate.   Continued...

Oct 14, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Juan Perez (2) hits a single during the tenth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the 2014 NLCS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports