Cardinals, Giants advance with playoff wins


ST. LOUIS: The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants booked a National League finals showdown after each team won on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to advance in the Major League Baseball playoffs. Matt Adams smashed a three-run home run in the seventh inning to lift St. Louis over the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2, while Joe Panik scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the seventh to give the Giants a victory over the Washington Nationals by the same score. Both the Cardinals and Giants captured their best-of-five series three games to one to reach the best-of-seven National League Championship Series that opens on Saturday.



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