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The Cardinals bash the Braves to move onto the NLCS

The Cardinals baseball team on the pitcher's mound
Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The Cardinals made history against the Braves yesterday, becoming the first team to score 10 runs in the first inning of a playoff game en route to a 13-1 victory that earned them a spot in the NLCS.

First-inning breakdown: Walk, sacrifice bunt, single, single, fielder's choice, walk, double, intentional walk, walk, double, double, fly out, strikeout (reached on wild pitch), groundout. Relive it, Cards fans.

Game notes:

  • Wild stat: The Braves have now lost 10 straight playoff series (2001 NLCS, 8 NLDS and 2012 WC Game), matching the Cubs (10 straight from 1910-1998) for the longest such streak in MLB history.
  • McCann retires: Braves catcher Brian McCann, 35, announced his retirement after the game. "This is it for me," the 7-time All-Star told reporters. "I'm going to go home and be a dad and play with those kids."

Go deeper: Check out Kendall's recap of the Nationals' NLDS win over the Dodgers