Giants rally past Cardinals to close on World Series

Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:01am EDT
 
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants scored three runs in the sixth inning to move to the brink of a return to the World Series with a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the St Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

The victory gives the Giants a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series and one more win will see them advance to a third MLB title showdown in five years.

One night after the Giants edged Game Three on a Cardinals throwing error, St Louis first baseman Matt Adams was involved in two sloppy fielding incidents that helped San Francisco surge into a winning lead in the sixth inning.

Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the frame and with runners on second and third, Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco punched a routine shot to Adams but he was slow with his throw to home plate, allowing Juan Perez to tie the scores at 4-4. Joe Panik then hit a grounder right at Adams, who stepped on first base for the out before firing wildly wide of second in trying for a double play, giving Brandon Crawford plenty of time to score the go-ahead run from third base.

Blanco then added an insurance run from second on catcher Buster Posey's single to complete the scoring.

"Anytime you can put pressure on the defense you've got the opportunity for good things to happen," Posey told reporters.

"We were able to come up with two big two-out RBIs to get back in the game."

IMMEDIATE RESPONSE

Game Five is in San Francisco on Thursday and Posey highlighted the importance of closing out the series as soon as possible, aware from personal experience that teams can come back in a best-of-seven series.   Continued...

 
Oct 15, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla (46) celebrates with catcher Buster Posey (28) after beating the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the 2014 NLCS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports