Giants Slug Cardinals, Even NLCS

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Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The San Francisco Giants finally won a playoff game at home, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Angel Pagan hit a leadoff home run, Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven strong innings, and the Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 in Game 2 of the NLCS. The series is tied at one game apiece and will shift to St. Louis on Wednesday.

The Giants had lost all three of their home playoff games this season before Monday night. They got off to a fast start when Pagan hit a deep drive over the right field wall off of St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter in the bottom of the first.

Second baseman Marco Scutaro hit a two-run single in the fourth inning to give the Giants a 4-1 lead before leaving with a hip injury, which he suffered in the top of the first when taken out by Cardinals outfielder Matt Holiday on a hard slide trying to break up a double play. 

“In hindsight, I wish I would have started the slide a little earlier, but it happened so fast,” Holliday said. “I hope he’s OK, he’s a good guy. I was more interested in breaking up the double play.” Vogelsong went seven innings and allowed only one run, helping a bealguered Giants bullpen rest. Matt Cain will start for the Giants in Game 3 opposite Kyle Loshe at Busch Stadium.

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