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Giants win 9-1, earn Series bid

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.

The Giants will host the first two games of the Series against Detroit starting Wednesday.

Marco Scutaro matched an LCS record with 14 hits in the series and the Giants returned to the World Series two years after winning it all, getting the final out in a downpour.