Giants beat Cardinals 7-1, even NLCS

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“I’m not going to take a hard stance one way or another on the replay,” Matheny said.

“That really wasn’t the game today,” he said. “But every once in a while there’s a big play that does change the course of the game and I’m not against having something else to help get it right. Our guys work hard to make the right plays and execute, so we want things called fairly.”

Back at Busch Stadium, Holliday will be cheered after being the target of boos all night following his aggressive play on the basepaths.

With runners on first and second and one out, Craig hit a bouncer to Crawford, and the shortstop quickly flipped to Scutaro for the forceout.

Holliday, a former high school football star in Oklahoma, came tumbling in and slid late into Scutaro, crushing his left leg to prevent up the double play. Scutaro lay on the ground twisting in pain while trainer Dave Groeschner and Bochy ran out of the dugout to attend to the second baseman.

“A lot of guys take pride in breaking up double plays. Holliday is one of them,” Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso said. “On slowly hit balls you’re going to get hit. You don’t want anyone to get hurt, but I’m all for playing the game hard.”

Vogelsong got out of the jam by retiring Yadier Molina on a groundout.

“I just really was trying to make the next pitch to get the guy out so we could get him in the dugout,” Vogelsong said.

Scutaro stayed in the game with a limp until being replaced in the sixth by Theriot. By then, he had done his damage with the bat in the big fourth inning.

The rally started innocently enough with a bloop, opposite field double by Brandon Belt and a chopper over third baseman David Freese by Blanco. Crawford then hit a bouncer between the mound and first base that Carpenter fielded and threw away toward first base. It appeared Crawford may have impeded Carpenter by running inside the baseline but the Cardinals did not argue the play.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Scutaro lined his single to left-center that Holliday misplayed to the delight of Giants fans, putting Carpenter and the Cardinals into a 5-1 hole.

“He’s a clutch hitter, he always has been, I know that since he’s been over here,” Carpenter said. “He’s not going to miss those opportunities.”

Vogelsong made the lead hold up by becoming 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.

These teams have a history of contentious meetings in the NLCS from Jeffrey Leonard’s one-flap down home run trot in 1987 that riled up the Cardinals to a benches-clearing dustup 10 years ago when St. Louis reliever Mike Crudale buzzed Kenny Lofton after he showboated on a home run.

San Francisco answered with the bats this time as Pagan led off the bottom of the first with a homer — matching his feat from Game 4 of the division series against Cincinnati. The Giants had been outscored 20-6 and never led in two home losses to the Reds and the Game 1 defeat to the Cardinals.

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