The San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 and advance to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2002.
San Francisco scored two runs in the seventh inning to erase a 2-1 deficit after Braves starting pitcher Derek Lowe was replaced with the bases loaded and one out. Cody Ross singled in the go-ahead run after hitting a solo home run the previous inning for the Giants’ first hit against Lowe.
The Giants’ win at Turner Field in Atlanta came one day after they scored twice in the ninth inning to beat the Braves by the same 3-2 score in Game 3.
San Francisco won the best-of-five division series 3-1 and will face Philadelphia in the NL Championship Series starting Oct. 16. The Phillies completed a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds in the league’s other first-round series last night.
Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner allowed two runs on six hits with five strikeouts over six innings, while Lowe allowed two runs on two hits over 6 1/3 innings.
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