National League Playoff Game Capsules

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Updated: October 9, 2013

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – David Freese conjured up his postseason
heroics from two years ago and Adam Wainwright went the distance to send the
St. Louis Cardinals back to the NLCS for the third straight year. Freese, the
MVP of the 2011 World Series, belted an early two-run homer and Matt Adams
added another one late as the Cardinals rolled to a 6-1 victory over
Pittsburgh Pirates in a decisive Game 5 of the NLDS. St. Louis won the last
two games of the series on the backs of strong starting pitching. Michael
Wacha took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of Monday’s tight 2-1 victory,
and Wainwright (2-0) followed the rookie’s stellar performance with one
of his own, scattering eight hits — all singles — with a walk and six
strikeouts. The NL Central champs, who are 8-1 in postseason elimination
games over the past three years. will have home-field advantage over
the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, with Game 1 scheduled for Friday. The
Pirates, looking for their first postseason series win 1979, tabbed rookie
Gerrit Cole as their starter rather than Game 1 loser A.J. Burnett. Cole (1-1)
threw five solid innings, but was done in by Freese’s second-inning homer.