(AP) - Adam Wainwright pitched a complete game and the St. Louis Cardinals got two-run homers from David Freese and Matt Adams to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Wednesday night and advance to the NL championship series.
Wainwright scattered eight hits in his second dominant win of the division series, coming through for the Cardinals in a winner-take-all Game 5.
St. Louis gets to stay at home to open the NLCS against the well-rested Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
The last three seasons, the Cardinals are 8-1 when facing elimination. They also won Game 5 of the NL division series at Washington last year and at Philadelphia in 2011.
The loss doesn't diminish Pittsburgh's success story t his season. The Pirates ended 2 decades of losing baseball and made the playoffs for the first time since 1992
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