San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence hits a three-run double during the third inning of Game 7 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain hits an RBI single during the second inning of Game 7 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan scores past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the first inning of Game 7 of the NLCS Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco slides safely past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the second inning of Game 7 of NLCS Monday, Oct. 22 (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -
Hunter Pence hit a bizarre, two-run double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and the San Francisco Giants won their record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NL championship series Monday night.
Marco Scutaro matched an LCS record with 14 hits in the series and Pablo Sandoval drove in a run for his fifth straight game. The Giants returned to the World Series two years after winning it all, getting the final out in a downpour.
The Detroit Tigers, who have been waiting on their opponent since finishing a four-game ALCS sweep of the Yankees last Thursday, get another trip to the Bay Area after clinching the division series in Oakland.
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