(The Chirp) -- Carlos Beltran continued as the most proficient home run hitter in postseason history, belting a two-run shot in the fourth inning of Game 1 in the National League Championship Series. Beltran has 14 home runs in three years of postseasons (29 games), and he has hit one every 7.71 at-bats, ahead of Babe Ruth, who is at one per 8.60 at-bats. "It's hard for me to explain the production," Beltran said. "I'm just enjoying myself. I don't feel the pressure."
On a slightly lower scale, 3B David Freese hit his sixth postseason homer, also a two-run drive, in just his second year of postseason play. He also has a six-game hitting streak in this postseason. "Not every player, not every team, gets a chance to be a part of something like this," Freese said.
RHP Edward Mujica was awarded a rare win. Mujica, the fourth of six Cardinals relievers after RHP Lance Lynn was knocked out in the fourth, fanned the side in the seventh inning, impressing the official scorer as the most effective Cardinals pitcher.
C Yadier Molina singled in the second inning for his 25th hit in a league championship game, moving him into third place all time among Cardinals. Former 1B Albert Pujols had 44, and former CF Jim Edmonds had 29 hits.
RHP Lance Lynn was taken out in the fourth inning Sunday. Lynn, who made 29 regular-season starts while compiling an 18-7 record, failed to last four innings just once, when he was knocked out in two innings at Cincinnati on Aug. 24. He had made four relief appearances in the Cardinals' six previous playoff games this month.