Giants, Bumgarner shut down Cardinals in NLCS opener

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 11, 2014 11:45 PM

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants, led by their ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner, beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 to claim the opening game in the National League Championship Series on Saturday.

Bumgarner pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four hits and striking out seven, and got all the support he needed when the Giants scored two runs in the second and another in the third off the Cardinals' top starter, Adam Wainwright.

The wildcard Giants took advantage of some shaky fielding by the Cards as they drew first blood in a battle between the two NL teams that have alternated trips to the World Series the last four years.

Game Two of the best-of-seven series to determine the National League's representative in the Fall Classic will be in St. Louis on Sunday.

(Reporting by Brett Wolf; Editing by Nick Mulvenney)