|St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright reacts after getting San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval to ground out and end the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League championship series Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)|
Cardinals beat Giants 8-3 to take 3-1 lead in NLCS
Molina’s RBI single with two outs chased Lincecum.
Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer in the ninth, but the NL West champs are on the brink of elimination.
‘‘We have all the confidence in Barry,’’ manager Bruce Bochy said. ‘‘We do need to get the bats going. They've been shutting us down.’’
NOTES: Cardinals Hall of Famers Stan Musial and Ozzie Smith made pregame appearances. The 91-year-old Musial toured the warning track in a golf cart while waving to fans and Smith threw out the first pitch. Smith’s son, Nikko, a former American Idol finalist, sang the national anthem. ... With Beltran out, Matheny changed the lineup for the first time in the postseason. ... According to STATS LLC, the Giants have faced a 2-1 series deficit eight times in franchise history. They have lost Game 4 each time. ... Wainwright has a 2.48 ERA in 13 postseason appearances, four of them starts.