Giants blank Cards in Game 7, reach World Series

11:48 PM, Oct 22, 2012   |    comments
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San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants finally won their first winner-take-all Game 7 to capture the National League pennant and advance to the 108th edition of the World Series.

The convincing 9-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals completed another series comeback and sealed the Giants' second trip to the Fall Classic in three years, where they will face the AL champion Detroit Tigers.

The 2010 World Series champs became the seventh team to win a best-of-seven League Championship Series after trailing 3-1, and also joined the 1985 Royals as the only teams to win six elimination games during one postseason.

Giants ace Matt Cain (2-2) scattered five hits and one walk over 5 2/3 scoreless innings and even drove in a run, while fellow 16-game winner Kyle Lohse was chased in the third frame.

Lohse (2-1) was charged with five runs on six hits, and the usually- opportunistic Cardinals went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 baserunners.

The Cardinals, the NL's second wild card team, had won seven straight playoff games when facing elimination, including a Game 7 win over the Texas Rangers to win their 11th World Series title last year and a Game 5 thriller over the Washington Nationals earlier this month after they trailed by six runs.

But Monday's deficit proved too much, as the Giants managed 14 hits throughout their lineup to win going away.

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