After being a strike away from elimination Friday night, the St. Louis Cardinals are now very much alive as they try to defend their World Series crown. Just 48 hours after a dramatic comeback to win the Division Series over the Washington Nationals, St. Louis took Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, 6-4, over the San Francisco Giants.
St. Louis put up two in the second on a two-run homer from David Freese. They would add four more runs in the top of the fourth, two of them coming on a two-run shot from Carlos Beltran. Those runs were enough to hold up for a bullpen that pitched 5-1/3 innings after Lance Lynn gave up four in the bottom of the fourth.
Madison Bumgarner took the loss for San Francisco.