Wainwright was helped by three double plays — two when Pirates runners strayed too far on line drives. The right-hander struck out six and walked one in a 107-pitch effort.
As a rookie in 2006, Wainwright got the final out in the NLCS and World Series. He's 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA and four saves in 15 career postseason games, including six starts.
The 23-year-old Cole threw six dominant innings to beat the Cardinals in Game 2, also in St. Louis. His fastball hit 100 mph in the first inning against Matt Holliday but he paid for a hanging breaking ball to Freese, then got lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth.
"If it's a different game, probably could ride him a little bit longer," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've only got 12 outs to play with and we don't have any runs."
Freese struggled this season to overcome a back injury in spring training and had nine homers and 60 RBIs. But just like teammate Carlos Beltran, he's an October star with seven homers, 29 RBIs and a .325 average in 36 career postseason games.
At 23 years, 31 days, Cole was the youngest NL pitcher to start Game 5 of a division series and the fifth-youngest NL pitcher to start a winner-take-all postseason game, according to STATS.
Counting the postseason, Cole didn't allow a homer in six straight starts. That ended when Freese connected for a 2-0 lead in the second.
"The pitch to Freese, I did a good job with it," Cole said. "Hey, that's the way it goes sometimes. You can't dwell on it, you've just got to keep going and keep making pitches."
NOTES: Freese's 29 RBIs are by far the most in the majors the last three seasons, with Miguel Cabrera second at 19. ... Lou Brock, clad in a red sport coat worn by all the Cardinals' Hall of Famers, bounced the ceremonial first pitch, with pitcher Joe Kelly making a nice scoop. ... Josh Young, in town for the musical "Evita", sang the national anthem. ... It was the 24th meeting between the teams this season, with each team winning 12 times. "That's a stat," Hurdle said, "that goes by the wayside."
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