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10/18/06 12:48 AM ET

Cardinals Short Hops: Game 5

St. Louis one win from clinching National League title

ST. LOUIS -- Fielding the Cardinals' Game 5 win to the Mets on a short hop. ...

In < 25 words ...
Thanks to Preston Wilson's bat and Jeff Weaver's arm, the Cardinals won, 4-2, and need one more win to reach the World Series.

Frozen moment
With the game tied at 2 and Tom Glavine on the mound in the fifth inning, Wilson doubled to right field to score David Eckstein and give the Cardinals a one-run lead.

Big number
.288: The Cardinals' batting average with runners in scoring position during the NLCS. They went 2-for-5 on Tuesday against the Mets.

Game ball
Weaver -- Five balls: Weaver had another solid outing in the NLCS and bested Glavine in Game 5. He had only had one bad inning, and that occurred in the fourth when he gave up a two-run double to Jose Valentin.

Sense of October
Although they are overwhelming underdogs to win the NLCS, the Cardinals are showing that pitching wins ballgames. In the five games, the Cardinals have blanked the Mets once and held them to just two runs or fewer in three of those games.

Lines of the Game
Albert Pujols
3 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 1 HR, 0 2B, 1 RBI
Comment: Pujols said Glavine was not that good in Game 1, when Glavine pitched seven shutout innings. In Game 5, Pujols got the best of Glavine by taking a 2-2 pitch and hitting the ball over the left-field wall for his first home run of the NLCS.

6IP, 2R, 6 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Comment: Critics wondered if Weaver would ever be a big-game pitcher. He answered back by giving up four runs in 11 2/3 innings.

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"We all had visions of getting shut out again by Mr. Glavine. He was working us over. You know, Albert just got enough of it, and you get something going. I actually think ... right now, Glavine is as effective as he's ever been. He's doing more things to get hitters out." -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa

Next step
The Cardinals go to New York to try to win their second pennant in three years. Ace Chris Carpenter will take the mound for St. Louis. He hopes to improve from his last outing, in which he gave up five runs in five innings in Game 2.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.