San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (center) hugs manager Bruce Bochy (left) after game six of the 2012 NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - With their backs to the wall, Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants rose to the occasion once again.
Vogelsong stifled the St. Louis Cardinals over seven splendid innings and Marco Scutaro went 2-for-3 with two RBI as the never-say-die Giants forced a deciding Game 7 of the National League Championship Series with a 6-1 decision at AT&T Park.
The victory was the fifth of the postseason when San Francisco has faced elimination. The Giants fought back from a 2-0 deficit to overtake Cincinnati in the best-of-five NLDS and have evened this set with two consecutive wins, beginning with a 5-0 triumph in St. Louis in Friday's Game 5.
Vogelsong (2-0), who limited the Cardinals to one run on four hits over seven innings in Monday's Game 2, duplicated the feat to keep San Francisco's season alive. The journeyman righty also established a career high with nine strikeouts while lowering his earned run average to 1.42 in three starts this postseason.
Pablo Sandoval added two hits, including an RBI single, and Brandon Belt finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the Giants set up a winner-take-all matchup between the past two World Series champions for the right to face AL representative Detroit in this year's Fall Classic.
Chris Carpenter (1-2), one of the heroes during St. Louis' title run of last season, was tagged for five runs -- two earned -- on six hits over four innings to record the loss.
Game 7 will take place Monday at AT&T Park, with Matt Cain scheduled to take the mound for San Francisco against the Cardinals' Kyle Lohse.
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