ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Madison Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants combined just enough hitting with a couple of defensive flubs by St. Louis to beat the Cardinals 3-0 Saturday night in the NL Championship Series opener.
Bumgarner set a major league postseason record with 26 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings on the road.
The Giants lefty was in complete command while 20-game winner Adam Wainwright failed to last even five innings for the Cardinals.
San Francisco has won 12 of its last 13 in the postseason, including three straight to erase a 3-1 deficit in the 2012 NLCS against St. Louis.
Jake Peavy gets the Game 2 start for the Giants on Sunday night against Lance Lynn.