By Chris Haft /MLB.com
CINCINNATI — Buster Posey continued his remarkable comeback story and helped the Giants complete theirs.
Posey’s grand slam culminated a six-run outburst in the fifth inning that propelled the Giants to a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Thursday’s decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
After losing the series’ first two games, San Francisco won the next three games to reach the NL Championship Series, which will begin Sunday against the winner of the St. Louis-Washington NLDS.
“These guys — two games there could have gone either way,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “We got that last out and obviously euphoria hits, but I complement the Reds on how hard they fought back in that game and we barely hung on. The torture is back here, I guess, but what happened here, I couldn’t be prouder of a bunch of guys.”
The Giants made all kinds of history by eliminating Cincinnati. Previously, all 21 teams winning the first two games in an NLDS since it was added to the postseason format in 1995 proceeded to capture the series. The Giants became the first club to buck this NL trend and did so with three consecutive road victories. San Francisco and Cincinnati joined Texas and Tampa Bay in 2010 by playing the only Division Series in which road teams won each game. The Giants also were the eighth team in either league to erase a 2-0 deficit and win a best-of-five postseason series.
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