Giants among men: SF walks off to win NL pennant

Turning an embarrassing performance into an excellent one, Travis Ishikawa drilled a three-run homer to break a ninth-inning tie and lift the Giants to a 6-3 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The outcome gave the Giants a 4-1 victory in the series and advanced them to the Fall Classic for a best-of-seven confrontation against Kansas City.