Giants take Game 1 of the NLCS

Giants take Game 1 of the NLCS

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals shelled Madison Bumgarner the first time they faced him in the National League playoffs before Saturday night, torching him for six runs in three 2/3 innings during the 2012 division series. Bumgarner turned the tables on the Redbirds Saturday while leading the Giants to victory in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.

Bumgarner struck out seven while allowing four hits over 7 2/3 innings of a 3-0 shutout at St. Louis. He was breezing until the seventh, when the Cardinals collected consecutive one-out singles before Kolten Wong tapped out and pinch-hitter Tony Cruz fanned.

Bumgarner also set a major league postseason record with 26 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings on the road.

Travis Ishikawa (ihsh-ih-KAH'-wah) put the Giants ahead with an RBI single in the second before Hunter Pence scored on Matt Carpenter's error at third base later in the inning. Brandon Belt added a sacrifice fly one inning later. That was more than enough offense for the Giants to win for the 12th time in their last 13 playoff games.

Loser Adam Wainwright allowed two earned runs and six hits in just 4 2/3 innnings.

Game 2 is Sunday in St. Louis, where Lance Lynn will get the starting nod for the Cards against Jake Peavy.

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