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Kolten Wong's Homer Sends Cardinals To San Francisco With NLCS Tied

After a stomach-churning 5-4 victory Sunday, the Cardinals head to San Francisco, tied 1-1 with the Giants in the National League Championship Series.

Kolten Wong clinched Game Two for the Cards with a walk-off solo home run in the ninth.

It had been a back-and-forth contest with plenty of fireworks for Cards fans. Matt Carpenter, Oscar Taveras and Matt Adams each hit solo home runs before Wong’s lead-off homer in the ninth.

On the down side: Catcher Yadier Molina was injured while batting in the sixth inning and left the game with a strained left oblique muscle. He was replaced by Tony Cruz. And a wild pitch by closer Trevor Rosenthal allowed Giants pinch-runner Matt Duffy to score from second base, tying the game 4-4 in the ninth inning.

After being shut out in Game One by Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, the Cardinals struck first in Game Two to take a 2-0 lead. Carpenter hit a solo home run in the third inning, and Randal Grichuk singled to drive in a run in the bottom of the fourth. The Giants tied the game in the sixth and took a 3-2 lead in the seventh. But a solo home run by pinch-hitter Taveras tied the game in the seventh and another solo shot by Adams put the Cards ahead 4-3 in the eighth.

Game Three starts at 3:07 p.m. Tuesday at AT&T Park. John Lackey is scheduled to pitch for the Cards; the Giants haven’t named their starter.

2014 National League Championship Series

Game One: Saturday, Oct. 11, Busch Stadium. Final score: Cards 0, Giants 3

Game Two: Sunday, Oct. 12, Busch Stadium, Final score: Cards 5, Giants 4

Game Three: Tuesday, Oct. 14, AT&T Park San Francisco, 3:07 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Game Four: Wednesday, Oct. 15, AT&T Park, 7:07 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Game Five: Thursday, Oct. 16, AT&T Park, 7:07 p.m. CT (Fox Sports 1)

Game Six (if necessary):  Saturday, Oct. 18, Busch Stadium, 3:07 p.m. (FOX)

Game Seven (if necessary): Sunday, Oct. 19, Busch Stadium, 6:37 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Broadcast info: Fox Sports 1 is on Charter: channels 43 and 211 (SD), 811 (HD); ATT&T U-Verse: 652 (SD), 1652 (HD); Dish: 150; Direct TV: 219. Play-by-play by Mike Shannon and John Rooney on KMOX (1120 AM). 

Mary Delach Leonard is a veteran journalist who joined the St. Louis Beacon staff in April 2008 after a 17-year career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she was a reporter and an editor in the features section. Her work has been cited for awards by the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Missouri Press Association and the Illinois Press Association. In 2010, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis honored her with a Spirit of Justice Award in recognition of her work on the housing crisis. Leonard began her newspaper career at the Belleville News-Democrat after earning a degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she now serves as an adjunct faculty member. She is partial to pomeranians and Cardinals.

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