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Brewers win Game 1 behind 6-run inning

Prince Fielder and Yuniesky Betancourt run fifth inning to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat 6, in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.

Milwaukee excelled at home during the regular season, setting a franchise record by going 57-24, and that success has carried over into the postseason.

The Brewers won all three games at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS, including a 10th-inning victory in Game 5 on Friday. Nyjer Morgan's game-winning RBI single gave the Brewers their first postseason series win in 29 years.

Ryan Braun added a two-run homer and four RBI on Sunday for Milwaukee, which is in a League Championship Series for the first time since 1982 when it beat the Angels in the ALCS before falling to St. Louis in the World Series.

The NL Central-champion Brewers handed the ball to Zack Greinke (1-0), who gave up six runs on eight hits over six-plus innings. Greinke was a perfect 11-0 in 15 home starts during the regular season.

David Freese hit a three-run homer for the Cardinals, who shocked the baseball world by taking out the 102-win Phillies in the NLDS with a heart-pounding 1-0 win in Game 5 on Friday.

The Cardinals, who are back in this round for the 10th time in team history and the first time since 2006 when they won the World Series, got an RBI apiece from Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday.

Jaime Garcia (0-2) allowed six runs on six hits over four-plus innings to take the loss.

Game 2 of this best-of-seven series is set for Monday. St. Louis' Edwin Jackson will be opposed by Shaun Marcum.