Kolten Wong

St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong is congratulated after hitting a walk off home run during the ninth inning in Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Sunday in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 5-4 to tie the series at 1-1. (AP Photo)

ST. LOUIS — Kolten Wong hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the resilient St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Sunday night, evening the NL Championship Series at one game each.

The Cardinals won after losing All-Star catcher Yadier Molina to a strained oblique muscle in the sixth. There was no immediate word on how long he would be sidelined.

In a back-and-forth game, St. Louis then got late homers from rookie pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras and Matt Adams to take a 4-3 lead.

The Giants tied it when pinch-runner Matt Duffy dashed home from second base on a two-out wild pitch in the ninth.

Wong hit the second pitch from Sergio Romo for his second big home run this postseason. The rookie’s seventh-inning drive was the decisive blow in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

St. Louis, last in the NL with 105 home runs during the regular season, has hit 11 homers in six playoff games — seven in the seventh inning or later.

Seth Maness retired Pablo Sandoval on a comebacker with the bases loaded to end the top of the ninth, and got the win.

Maness came on after closer Trevor Rosenthal couldn’t hold a one-run lead. Rosenthal’s pitch bounced off the glove off backup catcher Tony Cruz and Duffy, running on a full count, never broke stride and slid home with the tying run.

Cardinals 5, Giants 4

San Francisco                    St. Louis

    ab    r    h    bi            ab    r    h    bi

GBlanc cf    5    0    2    1    MCrpnt 3b    4    1    1    1

Panik 2b    4    0    1    0    Jay cf    4    0    1    0

Posey c    4    0    0    0    Hollidy lf    4    0    0    0

Sandovl 3b    5    1    1    0    MAdms 1b    3    2    1    1

Pence rf    4    0    1    1    JhPerlt ss    2    0    1    0

Belt 1b    3    1    1    0    YMolin c    2    0    1    0

BCrwfr ss    3    1    0    0    T.Cruz c    1    0    0    0

Ishikaw lf    2    0    1    0    Wong 2b    3    1    1    1

Morse ph    1    0    1    0    Grichk rf    3    0    1    1

Machi p    0    0    0    0    Lynn p    2    0    0    0

J.Lopez p    0    0    0    0    Choate p    0    0    0    0

Strckln p    0    0    0    0    CMrtnz p    0    0    0    0

Susac ph    1    0    1    0    Tavers ph    1    1    1    1

MDuffy pr    0    1    0    0    Neshek p    0    0    0    0

Romo p    0    0    0    0    Rosnthl p    0    0    0    0

Peavy p    1    0    0    0    Maness p    0    0    0    0

Arias ph    1    0    0    1        

Affeldt p    0    0    0    0        

J.Perez ph-lf    1    0    1    0        

Totals    35    4    10    3    Totals    29    5    8    5

San Francisco    000    011    101    —    4

St. Louis    001    100    111    —    5

No outs when winning run scored.

DP—San Francisco 1, St. Louis 1. LOB—San Francisco 9, St. Louis 5. 2B—Sandoval (2), Ishikawa (1). HR—M.Carpenter (1), Ma.Adams (1), Wong (1), Taveras (1). CS—Jay (1). S—J.Perez, Y.Molina.

    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO

 San Francisco

Peavy    4    4    2    2    3    2

Affeldt    2    0    0    0    1    1

Machi BS,1-1 1-3    1    1    1    0    0

J.Lopez    1-3    1    0    0    0    1

Strickland    1 1-3    1    1    1    0    1

Romo L,0-1    0    1    1    1    0    0

 St. Louis

Lynn    5 2-3    6    2    2    1    3

Choate    1-3    0    1    1    1    1

C.Martinez    1    2    0    0    0    0

Neshek    1    0    0    0    0    2

Rosenthal BS,1-1 2-3    2    1    1    2    1

Maness W,1-0 1-3    0    0    0    0    0

Choate pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

Romo pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

WP—Rosenthal. PB—T.Cruz.

Umpires—Home, Bill Welke; First, Gerry Davis; Second, Mark Carlson; Third, Greg Gibson; Right, Phil Cuzzi; Left, Bill Miller.

T—3:41. A—46,262 (45,399).

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