Giants force Game 7

THE San Francisco Giants staved off elimination for the second straight game and fifth time overall this postseason with a resounding 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday (Monday in Manila).

Ryan Vogelsong struck out a career-best nine in strong start en route to a one-run seven inning gem.

Marco Scutaro delivered a two-run double and Buster Posey drove in his first run of the series with a groundout in the first inning as San Francisco struck early to support Vogelsong.

The Giants also rallied from 0-2 deficit against the Cincinnati Reds to win their division series.

After taking a 3-1 lead back home at Busch Stadium, Mike Matheny’s Cardinals will have to find some offense in a hurry if they want to get back to the World Series.

”We’ve got to make some adjustments but our team’s done that all season,” Matheny said. ”One thing I know is these guys take these to heart.”

These Cards might just prefer close calls. Just like last year.

They won the NL’s second wild card on the second-to-last day of the regular season, then won at Atlanta to reach the division series. The Cardinals rallied from a 6-0 deficit with a four-run ninth inning to stun the Washington Nationals 9-7 in Game 5 of the division series. Noli Cruz

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