Matt Holliday had a pair of run-scoring singles and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 8-3 to move within one win of advancing to play the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.
Adam Wainwright allowed one run on four hits in seven innings to earn the victory for St. Louis, which took a three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
The Cardinals can finish off the Giants tomorrow night in Game 5 in St. Louis. If the Giants win that game, the series would move back to San Francisco on Oct. 21 and, if necessary, a decisive seventh game on Oct. 22.
The winner of this series will play in the World Series against the Tigers, who earlier today completed a four-games-to-none sweep of the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series.
Holliday drove in runs as the Cardinals scored two runs each in the first and fifth innings. Jon Jay added a two-run double in the sixth and Yadier Molina added a run-scoring double in the Cardinals’ two-run seventh.
Hunter Pence hit a solo home run in the second inning for the Giants and Pablo Sandoval added a two-run homer in the ninth.