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2012 MLB Playoffs: Giants advance to World Series to face Tigers

The San Francisco Giants came back from 3-1 down in the National League Championship Series to beat the St. Louis Cardinals and advance to the World Series.

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The San Francisco Giants rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the National Championship Series, advancing to the World Series on Monday night by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0. After dropping three of the first four games, the Giants rallied behind great pitching performances by Barry Zito in Game 5 and Ryan Vogelsong in Game 6.

Then San Francisco dominated Game 7, with Hunter Pence coming up with a bases-clearing double, Brandon Belt delivered an emphatic home run, the Giants piled up 14 hits, and Matt Cain delivered with the bat (an RBI single) and at the mound (going five and two-thirds innings). San Francisco's pitchers combined to shut out the Cardinals in Game 7 while allowing only seven hits combined.

The Giants now move on to face the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series. The Giants will host Games 1 and 2 thanks to the National League winning the All-Star Game. The Tigers swept the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.