The St. Louis Cardinals scored nine runs over the first three innings to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 12-6 and advance to Major League Baseball’s World Series.
Albert Pujols, Rafael Furcal and David Freese hit home runs for the Cardinals, who won the best-of-seven National League Championship Series 4-2. The teams combined for six home runs in Game 6 at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
The Cardinals return to the World Series for the 18th time in franchise history and will face the Texas Rangers in the best-of-seven series that starts Oct. 19 in St. Louis. The American League-champion Rangers lost to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series last year, while the Cardinals are back for the first time since winning the 2006 title.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning against a Milwaukee team that had the best home record in baseball this season. Lance Berkman had a run-scoring single and Freese followed with a three-run homer off Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum.
While Corey Hart, Rickie Weeks and Jonathan Lucroy hit home runs over the first two innings to pull the Brewers within 5-4, the Cardinals added four more runs in the third inning off Milwaukee’s Chris Narveson.
Freese and Matt Holliday each scored three runs for the Cardinals, whose six-run win comes a day after the Rangers clinched back-to-back pennants with a 15-5 rout of the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the ALCS.