The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate on the field at Miller Park after winning Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers 12-6. The World Series against the Texas Rangers starts Wednesday.
Updated with new picture, information about Freese winning series MVP
The Cardinals will have a "happy flight" home following their efforts tonight.
David Freese hit an early three-run homer and manager Tony La Russa turned again to his brilliant bullpen for seven sturdy innings as the St. Louis Cardinals captured their 18th pennant with a 12-6 victory over the bumbling Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday night.
Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made manager Charlie Manuel's moves look smart, and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in their NL playoff series.
Francisco batted for pitcher Cole Hamels and broke open a scoreless game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning
Madson earned a five-out save. He induced a double play the escape in the eighth and gave up a run in the ninth before nailing down his first multi-inning save of the year.
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols enters the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium on April 21, 2011. Last night, Pujols hit a go ahead single to edge the Phillies 5-4.
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Cardinals top Phillies 5-4
Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead single in the seventh to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies last night. John Jay added two RBIs for the Cardinals, who evened the National League division series matchup at one game apiece. St. Louis will send Jamie Garcia to the mound tomorrow in game 3.
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