Wong wins it

By Jeremy Kahn

With one swing off the bat of Kolten Wong, the National League Championship Series is all tied up.

Wong hit a solo home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-4 at Busch Stadium.

The Giants tied up the game in the top of the ninth inning, as Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal unleashed a wild pitch on ball four to Joe Panik that allowed Matt Duffy to score all the way from second base.

Duffy, who was running on the pitch came all the way to score the tying run without a throw from backup catcher Tony Cruz.

After Panik walked, Buster Posey walked to load the bases and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny brought on Seth Maness to replace Rosenthal to face Pablo Sandoval.

On the fifth pitch from Maness to Sandoval, the third baseman grounded out back to the pitcher to end the threat.

Wong hit the second pitch he saw from Sergio Romo into the right-field seats to send the Busch Stadium crowd into a frenzy.

This was the second big home of the postseason for Wong, who hit the decisive home run in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game Three of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Yadier Molina was forced to leave the game after he suffered a strained oblique muscle in the bottom of the sixth, as he hit into a double play.

Matt Carpenter gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, as he hit a solo home run off of Giants starter Jake Peavy.

It was the fourth home run of the postseason for Carpenter.

Randal Grichuk drive in the Giants second run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning to score Matt Adams.

Joaquin Arias got the Giants on the board in the top of the fifth inning, as he grounded out to score Brandon Belt.

Hunter Pence tied up the game in the top of the sixth inning, as he singled in Sandoval.

The Giants took the lead in the top of the seventh inning, as Gregor Blanco singled to right field to score Brandon Crawford.

Things were going great, but then Jean Machi gave up a game-tying pinch hit home run to Omar Taveras.

Bruce Bochy then brought on Hunter Strickland, and he gave up a solo home run to Adams to give the Cardinals the lead.

It was the third home run of the postseason that Strickland allowed, setting a rookie record for most home runs allowed in a single postseason.

Peavy went just four innings, allowing two runs on four hits, walking three and striking out two before giving way to Jeremy Affeldt.

The three home runs in the game by the Cardinals raise their total to 11, after hitting just 105 during the regular season, the fewest in the National League.

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