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Matt Holliday delivers a timely gift

First home run of NLCS places Cardinals one win away from World Series

Updated: October 16, 2013, 3:37 AM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- One swing. One magical swing of the bat. Sometimes in October, that's all it takes.

Games are won. Games are lost. Lives are changed. Seasons are defined.

You can ask Kirk Gibson, whose 1988 World Series homer is still traveling, still celebrated on the Dodger Stadium video board on its 25th anniversary, on this very Tuesday night.

You can ask Ozzie Smith, whose 1985 National League Championship Series home run against the Dodgers seemed to spring back to life ...

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