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Giants On Way To World Series With Tigers

Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated after scoring in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated after scoring in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a bizarre, two-run double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and the San Francisco Giants won their record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NL championship series Monday night.

Marco Scutaro matched an LCS record with 14 hits in the series and Pablo Sandoval drove in a run for his fifth straight game. The Giants returned to the World Series two years after winning it all, getting the final out in a downpour.

The Detroit Tigers, who have been waiting on their opponent since finishing a four-game ALCS sweep of the Yankees last Thursday, get another trip to the Bay Area after clinching the division series in Oakland.

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