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Giants beat Cardinals 7-1 to tie NLCS 1-1

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

Scutaro hit a two-run single in San Francisco's four-run fourth inning before leaving with a hip injury, and the Giants got their first home win this postseason, 7-1 over the Cardinals on Monday night that tied the NL Championship Series at one game.

"It shows you how tough he is," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a shame somebody got hurt. It was more of a roll block. We're hoping he comes out of this okay. He got hit pretty good."

Scutaro left after the fifth because of his damaged left hip. X-rays were negative, and he'll likely get an MRI exam today.

The series now shifts to St. Louis for three games, starting with Game 3 on Wednesday.

Things got off to a testy start Monday 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 this postseason.

"You're trying to get to the second baseman and obviously try to knock him down so he can't turn a double play," Holliday said. "As long as you're in the baseline, it's within the rules."

There was plenty to cheer all night for the Giants. 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.

Making Scutaro's hit even sweeter was the fact that Holliday misplayed the ball in leftfield, allowing a third run to score on the error.

The Giants also benefited from a missed umpire's call in the eighth inning after St. Louis centerfielder Jon Jay made a spectacular diving catch to rob Brandon Crawford.

Jay threw toward first and the Cardinals should have gotten a double play, but first-base umpire Bill Miller did not see Allen Craig tag Gregor Blanco's jersey as he raced back to first on the play.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny argued the call and the umpires huddled to discuss it, but they kept the safe call even though replays showed Craig made the tag. The Giants capitalized when Ryan Theriot hit a two-run single to make it 7-1.

Giants beat Cardinals 7-1 to tie NLCS 1-1 10/15/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 12:21am]
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