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A Giant comeback

A Giant comeback

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito celebrates the final out of the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game 5  in their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in St. Louis, Missouri, October 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress

(Reuters) – The San Francisco Giants blanked the St Louis Cardinals 5-0 on Friday to stave off elimination and extend the National League Championship Series (NLCS) to a sixth game back at their home ballpark.

A four-run burst in the fourth inning gave Giants starter Barry Zito all the offense he needed. The left-hander kept the Cardinals guessing with a pinpoint fastball, changeup and slow curve as the Giants narrowed the Cardinals’ lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

Zito, who was left off the postseason roster in 2010 due to poor form when the Giants won the World Series, went seven and two-thirds innings against reigning champions St Louis, holding them to six hits while striking out six… Read More

San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan celebrates with teammates Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence (R) after their team defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 in their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in St. Louis, Missouri, October 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress

San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan celebrates with teammates Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence (R) after their team defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 in their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in St. Louis, Missouri, October 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress

San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence makes a sliding catch on a fly by St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma in the fifth inning during Game 5 in their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in St. Louis, Missouri, October 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress

San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence makes a sliding catch on a fly by St. Louis Cardinals’ Pete Kozma in the fifth inning during Game 5 in their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in St. Louis, Missouri, October 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) is unable to reach a double by St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig in the fourth inning during Game 5 in their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in St. Louis, Missouri, October 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) is unable to reach a double by St. Louis Cardinals’ Allen Craig in the fourth inning during Game 5 in their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in St. Louis, Missouri, October 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress

 

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