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Giants Stymie Cardinals, Force Game 7

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Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — This postseason, the San Francisco Giants have played their best with their backs against the wall.

The Giants forced a Game 7 in the NLCS by beating up on the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1 on Sunday night at AT&T Park. The winner-take-all Game 7 will be Monday night.

Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong went seven innings and allowed only one run while setting a new career-high in strikeouts with nine. The Cardinals offense only managed five hits. 

Down three games to one in the series, the Giants have delivered two straight superb pitching performances from Barry Zito and Vogelsong to force a deciding Game 7.

San Francisco opened the scoring in Game 6 in the bottom of the first when catcher Buster Posey bounced a ground ball to third base with runners on second and third with one out. St. Louis third baseman David Freese could not field the ball cleanly in time to throw home, and Marco Scutaro scored to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

The Giants would put together a four-run second after an error by Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma opened the door. The inning was highlighted by a two-run double by Scutaro, who had three hits in the game.

Righthander Matt Cain will start for the Giants in Game 7 opposite St. Louis ace Kyle Lohse. 

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