SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Travis Ishikawa blasted a walk-off three-run home run in the ninth inning as the San Francisco Giants beat the St Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Thursday to clinch the National League Championship series and return to the World Series.
The Giants had gone six consecutive playoff games without hitting a home run but belted three in Game Five to complete a 4-1 triumph in the best-of-seven series.
San Francisco advance to a third World Series appearance in five seasons, where they will face the Kansas City Royals, who won the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.
The Giants captured the MLB title in both 2010 and 2012.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)