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Pham 'lucky' to hit big homer against Cubs

Tommy Pham on his 8th-inning HR against Jon Lester to put the Cardinals up 2-0 over the Cubs: "I got lucky. I was fortunate enough to not chase Lester tonight. He made a mistake and I put a good swing on it,"


Piscotty: 'It was a lot of fun'

Cardinals rookie Stephen Piscotty, who hit a HR in Game 1, marveled over John Lackey's start and credits his coaches for getting him prepared for the spotlight of the postseason.


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A perennial sight: opposing third baseman with an extended at-bat versus Kershaw. 12 pitches for Wright.

History against Cubs after losing Game 1

The Cubs have lost Game 1 of a postseason series 12 times in team history after falling to the Cardinals tonight. They never rallied to win the series in any of the 11 previous series.


Mets at Dodgers in Game 1 of NLDS

Tonight's final game also features the best pitching matchup as back-to-back Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw (2.13 ERA, 301 K's) faces Mets emerging ace Jacob deGrom (2.56 ERA).

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Kershaw still seeking playoff success

Clayton Kershaw's career postseason ERA is 2.69 worse than his regular season mark. The only active pitcher with a worse margin with at least 5 postseason starts is Jake Peavy (via Elias).


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Cubs-Cardinals have met 2,363 times in the regular season. Tonight was their 1st postseason matchup since St. Louis moved to the NL in 1892.

Cardinals, Lackey shut out Cubs in Game 1

John Lackey held the Cubs to just two hits over 7 1/3 innings to outduel Jon Lester, and Stephen Piscotty and Tommy Pham homered as the Cardinals took Game 1 of the NLDS with a 4-0 win. Box score


Prince goes face down

The celebration of winning Game 2 of the ALDS didn't start off great for Prince Fielder, his attempt to climb the dugout fence ended with him tumbling to the ground.


Rookies power Cardinals in 8th inning

Rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered in the 8th to extend St. Louis' lead to 4-0. It's the second straight postseason the Cardinals have had two rookies homer in the same game. Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras did it last year. Follow live


Friday's MLB postseason schedule

  • Rangers beat Blue Jays 6-4 to take 2-0 series lead
  • Now: Royals lead Astros 5-4 in Game 2 (Astros lead series 1-0)
  • Now: Cardinals lead Cubs 4-0 in Game 1
  • Game 1: Mets at Dodgers, 9:45 p.m. ET
Postseason coverage, schedules

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Cardinals are showing why they won 100 games this year. Rookie Stephen Piscotty hits a 2-run HR. Cardinals lead, 4-0.

Pham's HR gives Cardinals extra cushion

Tommy Pham hit a long pinch-hit HR off Jon Lester in the eighth to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead over the Cubs. Lester is now out of the game after following up the homer by walking Matt Carpenter. Pedro Strop is now in with one out in the 8th. Follow live