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Giants beat Cardinals 7-1 in Game 2 to even NLCS

San Francisco Giants' Marco Scutaro gets three RBI hit during fourth inning Game 2 baseball's National League championship series against

San Francisco Giants' Marco Scutaro gets a three RBI hit during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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SAN FRANCISCO — Marco Scutaro bounced back from Matt Holliday’s hard slide by delivering a big hit of his own that helped the San Francisco Giants get their first home win this postseason, 7-1 over St. Louis on Monday night that tied the NL championship series at 1-all.

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. The play riled up a crowd that had seen three straight losses by the Giants so far in the playoffs.

There was plenty to cheer all night for the Giants. Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven strong innings, Angel Pagan hit a leadoff homer and Scutaro hit a two-run single off Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter that broke the game open in a four-run fourth.

Scutaro left after five innings because of an injured left hip, and was going for X-rays.



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