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St. Louis Cardinals' Jason Motte (30) celebrates with catcher Yadier Molina after Game 5 of baseball's National League championship series against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, in St. Louis.
The bumbling Brewers made four errors that led to three unearned runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals survived a short start by Jaime Garcia to beat Milwaukee 7-1 Friday night to take a 3-2 lead in the NL championship series.
Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday had three hits each for St. Louis, which burst to a 3-0 lead in the second when Molina doubled in a run and third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. allowed Garcia's grounder to go through his legs. Holliday capped the scoring with a two-run single in the eighth.
Milwaukee's infield nearly had a cycle of errors, with second baseman Rickie Weeks and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt also committing miscues along with reliever Marco Estrada.
St. Louis can wrap up the best-of-seven series and its 18th NL pennant on Sunday in Milwaukee.