Found October 14, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
SAN FRANCISCO -- The St. Louis Cardinals showed in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series that they don't always have to rally to win. St. Louis took the opposite tact, racing out to a 6-0 lead early, then depending on its bullpen to hold on for a 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants in front of 42,534 at AT&T Park on Sunday in the NLCS opener. Jason Motte, the last of seven Cardinals pitchers, closed out the victory. St. Louis relievers retired 12 straight Giants, and 14 of 15 from one out in the fifth, before Angel Pagan reached with a two-out single in the ninth. Edward Mujica struck out the side in his one inning of work in the seventh, and he was awarded the victory. Mitchell Boggs enjoyed a perfect eighth with two popups and a groundout. In the ninth, Motte retired Brandon Crawford on a fly to center, pinch hitter Hector Sanchez on a pop to left and Marco Scutaro on a grounder to first base after Pagan singled to right-center. St. Louis scored...
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