Ishikawa 3-run homer sends Giants to World Series

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San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa reacts after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa reacts after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa reacts after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa reacts after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants Travis Ishikawa reacts after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz reacts after the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa reacts after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants Travis Ishikawa hits a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa reacts after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa is swarmed by teammates after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa is swarmed by teammates after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa is swarmed by teammates after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants Travis Ishikawa reacts after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz walks off Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Francisco Giants Travis Ishikawa, center, reacts after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa is swarmed by teammates after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa is swarmed by teammates after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
San Francisco Giants St. celebrate after a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Francisco Giants Travis Ishikawa reacts after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
San Francisco Giants Travis Ishikawa reacts after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner reacts after Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. Bumgarner was names the series MVP. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence gets a kiss after Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 6-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy holds the championship trophy after their win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Wacha throws during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
San Francisco Giants' Jeremy Affeldt reacts after getting St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras to ground out and end the top of the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Pat Neshek throws during the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants' Michael Morse celebrates a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
San Francisco Giants' Michael Morse celebrates a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
San Francisco Giants' Michael Morse leaps around first base after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Michael Morse reacts after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Michael Morse reacts as he runs home after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner walks off the field during the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner chats with catcher Buster Posey on the mound during the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, left, walks to the dugout after striking out San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence as umpire Greg Gibson gives the sign during the sixth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams is congratulated after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams hits a home run during the fourth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa can't catch a double hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay during the third inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay hits an RBI double during the third inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
St. Louis Cardinals' Tony Cruz is congratulated in dugout after scoring on a double by Jon Jay the during the third inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the first inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Christian Petersen, Pool)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa grounds out to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams during the second inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
San Francisco Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco makes a sliding catch in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: Broadcaster Erin Andrews smiles before Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: Singers Chris Isaac and Kenney Dale Johnson perform during the seventh inning stretch during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: Singers Chris Isaac and Kenney Dale Johnson perform during the seventh inning stretch during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches while taking on the San Francisco Giants during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the San Francisco Giants to the World Series with a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

These every-other-year Giants clinched the NL Championship Series in Game 5 and now will face the Royals in an all wild-card Fall Classic that begins Tuesday night in Kansas City.

Pablo Sandoval singled to start the ninth against Michael Wacha, making his first appearance of the postseason for the Cardinals. After an out, Brandon Belt walked to bring up Ishikawa, who drove a 2-0 pitch into the elevated seats in right field.

Ishikawa hit the first game-ending homer in NLCS history. And it was the first time a homer sent the Giants into the World Series since perhaps the most famous drive ever in baseball - Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard `Round the World" in a 1951 playoff.

Ishikawa knew right away on his first career postseason homer, raising his right arm into the air as he watched his ball sail into the seats. He was immediately mobbed at home plate after he rounded the bases as fireworks shot off from the center field scoreboard.

Pinch-hitter Michael Morse homered leading off the eighth against Pat Neshek, who replaced Adam Wainwright to start the inning, to tie it 3-all.

Morse was batting for Madison Bumgarner, who was named NLCS MVP.

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