The San Francisco Giants, who lost their best reliever and top hitter during the season, completed the comeback from a two-game deficit by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in a decisive Game 7 to reach the World Series for the second time in three seasons.
Matt Carpenter took advantage of his opportunity, coming off the bench after Carlos Beltran’s injury to hit a two-run home run that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a rain-delayed 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series.
Raul Ibanez pinch-hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning and won it with another homer in the 12th as the New York Yankees took a 2-1 lead in their Major League Baseball playoff series against the Baltimore Orioles.
Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval hit home runs to lead the San Francisco Giants to an 8-3 win against the Cincinnati Reds, forcing a decisive fifth game tomorrow in their National League Division Series.
The New York Mets ended an almost two-year wait for a grand slam and moved above .500 for the first time since the opening week of the Major League Baseball season with a 14-3 rout of the Detroit Tigers.
New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes was placed on the 15-day disabled list today with a left hamstring strain, a move that will keep Major League Baseball’s leading hitter out of next week’s All-Star Game.