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MLB: Scrappy Scutaro, Giants even series with Cardinals

Published: Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 11:20 p.m. CDT
San Francisco second baseman Marco Scutaro grimaces as his leg is caught under the slide of St. Louis outfielder Matt Holliday on a double play attempt during the first inning of Game 2 of the NLCS on Monday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN FRANCISCO – Marco Scutaro answered Matt Holliday’s hard takeout with a big hit of his own to help the San Francisco Giants end their home slide.

Scutaro hit a two-run single in San Francisco’s four-run fourth inning to help the Giants get their first home win this postseason, 7-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night that tied the NL championship series at one game apiece.

The game got off to a testy start when Holliday barreled into Scutaro at second base to break up a potential double play in the first inning.

Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven strong innings, Angel Pagan hit a leadoff homer to give San Francisco its first home lead this postseason, and Scutaro broke the game open with his single off Chris Carpenter.

The Giants benefited from a missed call by an umpire in the eighth inning after St. Louis center fielder Jon Jay made a spectacular, diving catch to rob shortstop Brandon Crawford of a hit.

Jay threw toward first, but first base umpire Bill Miller did not see Allen Craig tag Gregor Blanco’s jersey as he raced back to first.

The Giants capitalized when Ryan Theriot hit a two-run single to make it 7-1.

Vogelsong became the first Giants starter to make it through six innings this postseason. He allowed four hits and one run for his first career postseason win.

Pagan led off the bottom of the first with a homer – matching his feat from Game 4 of the division series against Cincinnati.

The Cardinals tied it in the second inning when Pete Kozma drew a two-out walk and scored on Carpenter’s RBI double, his third hit already this postseason.

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