Sports

Cards Take 3-1 Lead In NLCS

Matt Carpenter #13 congratulates Pete Kozma #38 and Daniel Descalso #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals after both score on a RBI double by Jon Jay #19 in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 18, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Matt Carpenter #13 congratulates Pete Kozma #38 and Daniel Descalso #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals after both score on a RBI double by Jon Jay #19 in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 18, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Featured & Trending:

Latest News Headlines:

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of four-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals roughed up Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in an 8-3 rout Thursday night that gave them a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series.

Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Yadier Molina had two RBIs apiece to lead a 12-hit outburst by a team that batted just .198 through the first three games of the series.

The defending champion Cardinals can wrap up their second straight trip to the World Series as a wild card with a victory at home Friday night in Game 5. Lance Lynn faces Giants lefty Barry Zito.

Lincecum was a bust in his first postseason start since the World Series clincher over Texas in 2010, giving up four runs in 4 2-3 innings.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)