Carlos Beltran, David Freese hit 2-run HRs, Cards beat Giants in Game 1

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Bumgarner needed 30 pitches to get through the second, and now has an 11.25 ERA in his two postseason starts this year.

Lynn returned to the rotation for the NLCS and his first career postseason start after making four relief appearances in the division series. Matheny needed another starter after left-hander Jaime Garcia injured his left shoulder in Game 2 against the Nationals.

“Right now we feel like everyone’s feeding off each other,” reliever Joe Kelly said. “If one guy does something, you want to go out and match it and try to keep that momentum going. It shows the confidence that Mike has in this bullpen. It makes us want to play better for him. He hands the ball off and he knows what he’s doing.”

NOTES: Matheny caught for the Giants in 2005-06. … Freese’s two RBIs gave him 25 for his postseason career, tied with Molina for third most on the Cardinals. Albert Pujols is No. 1 with 52 and Jim Edmonds has 41. … Both teams kept their rosters intact from the division series. … The clubs split their season series 3-all. … Giants assistant batting coach Joe Lefebvre took over 1B coaching duties in place of Roberto Kelly, who sustained a concussion after being hit by a ball off Buster Posey’s bat during batting practice Saturday. … Matheny received a nice ovation during pregame introductions. … More fans packed the viewing portwalk outside the ballpark beneath the right-field arcade.

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