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The Cardinals built an early 4-1 lead in Game Four of the NLCS, but saw it evaporate and lost 6-4 to the Giants. The Redbirds now trial in the best of seven series, three games to one. It makes Thursday's game five a must win if the Cardinals are to continue on in the playoffs.

Matt Adams RBI single gave St. Louis a 1-0 first inning lead. After the Giants tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, A.J. Pierzynski's single scored Kolten Wong for a 2-1 Cardinals lead in the second inning. Wong's third home run of the post season highlighted a two run third inning, giving the Cards a 4-1 lead. But the Giants again came back on Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller, They scored two runs in the bottom of the third on run scoring singles by Buster Posey and Hunter Pence to cut the Redbirds lead tp 4-3.

The sixth inning proved to be decisive for San Francisco. Juan Perez beat Matt Adams throw home on a Gregor Blanco ground ball to first base to tie the score at 4-4. Adams again struggled on the next play. he fielded Joe Panik's grounder, tagged first, but instead of throwing home, Adams went to second base, allowing the Giants Brandon Crawford to score the go ahead run at 5-4. Psoey's single to left gave San Francisco a two run cushion at 6-3, also in the three run inning.

Adam Wainwright will pitch for the Cardinals on Thursday night in Game Five. It is a must win for the Redbirds. Another loss by St. Louis will send the Giants to the World Series to face the American League champions, the Kansas City Royals.

Fox 2 Sports reporter Charlie Marlow is with the Cardinals in San Francisco and has the NLCS game four post game report.