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Hairston saved at least one run at third base with a spectacular diving catch to his left on Nick Punto’s low liner for the second out. But when he botched Garcia’s easy grounder, St. Louis was up 3-0.

Garcia’s RBI groundout made it 4-0 in he fourth, the first RBI by a Cardinals pitcher in the postseason since Jeff Suppan homered in the 2006 NLCS against the Mets.

Albert Pujols had an RBI single in the sixth to chase Greinke.

Now it’s on to Milwaukee, where the Brewers were a major league-best 57-24 at home during the regular season.

“They’re really tough up there in their ballpark,” Lance Berkman said. “It’s certainly more feasible for us to have to win one of two than to win both.”