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Zito, Giants Beat Cards, Close NLCS Deficit To 3-2

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Barry Zito #75 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Barry Zito #75 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Barry Zito pitched the San Francisco Giants back into the NL championship series, dominating into the eighth inning of a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night that narrowed their deficit to 3-2.

The defending champion Cardinals might have thrown away a chance to clinch a second straight World Series trip. Pitcher Lance Lynn’s toss on a possible forceout deflected off the second-base bag, paving the way for the Giants’ four-run fourth.

Pablo Sandoval homered for the second straight night and Zito made an extremely rare offensive contribution with a perfectly executed bunt for an RBI single.

Game 6 will be in San Francisco on Sunday, with Ryan Vogelson pitching for the Giants against Chris Carpenter.

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