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Cardinals, Lackey shut out Cubs in Game 1

John Lackey held the Cubs to just two hits over 7 1/3 innings to outduel Jon Lester, and Stephen Piscotty and Tommy Pham homered as the Cardinals took Game 1 of the NLDS with a 4-0 win. Box score


Prince goes face down

The celebration of winning Game 2 of the ALDS didn't start off great for Prince Fielder, his attempt to climb the dugout fence ended with him tumbling to the ground.


Rookies power Cardinals in 8th inning

Rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered in the 8th to extend St. Louis' lead to 4-0. It's the second straight postseason the Cardinals have had two rookies homer in the same game. Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras did it last year. Follow live


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  • Rangers beat Blue Jays 6-4 to take 2-0 series lead
  • Now: Royals lead Astros 5-4 in Game 2 (Astros lead series 1-0)
  • Now: Cardinals lead Cubs 4-0 in Game 1
  • Game 1: Mets at Dodgers, 9:45 p.m. ET
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Cardinals are showing why they won 100 games this year. Rookie Stephen Piscotty hits a 2-run HR. Cardinals lead, 4-0.

Pham's HR gives Cardinals extra cushion

Tommy Pham hit a long pinch-hit HR off Jon Lester in the eighth to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead over the Cubs. Lester is now out of the game after following up the homer by walking Matt Carpenter. Pedro Strop is now in with one out in the 8th. Follow live

Lackey exits in the 8th

John Lackey gave up only 2 hits and a walk in 7 1/3 IP against the Cubs and leaving with a 1-0 lead. Lackey also struck out five and threw 86 pitches. Kevin Siegrist in now in for the Cardinals. Follow live


Bautista critical of replay

Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista isn't thrilled with MLB's replay system after a big call went against Toronto in Game 2 and was upheld by the replay booth. The star said, "I would like to hear answer from the replay booth in New York on why they made that decision [of calling Rougned Odor safe at second]." Thought Odor was out


Royals rally past Astros to even series

Ben Zobrist's go-ahead single in the 7th capped off a Royals rally from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Astros 5-4 in Game 2 of the ALDS.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

In St. Louis, John Lackey hasn't given up a hit through five innings and has faced the minimum 15 batters. The only Cubs baserunner he's allowed so far came courtesy of a fourth inning walk to Kyle Schwarber, who was promptly erased by a 5-4-3 double play. Lackey should have plenty left in the tank too, as he's only thrown 56 pitches so far.

Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Did we pay enough attention to John Lackey's spectacular finish? Only 2 NL pitchers had a lower ERA in Sept (1.78) - Arrieta & Strasburg

Lackey has no-hit bid through 5

John Lackey has held the Cubs hitless through five innings (1 BB, 3 Ks, 56 pitches) in Game 1 of the NLDS. The Cardinals have a 1-0 lead. Follow live