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Photo by Jeff Curry / USA TODAY St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright reacts after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 5 of the National League Division Series game on Wednesday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

St. Louis tops Pirates in Game 5

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ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright threw his 107th pitch Wednesday night and jumped off the mound, both fists thrust high in the air.

The St. Louis Cardinals' ace and his pressure-proof teammates survived a challenge from the season's feel-good team and advanced to their third consecutive National League Championship Series.

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