Giants even up series with 7-1 win against Cardinals

By Alex Skillin,

The San Francisco Giants breezed to a 7-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals for their first home win of the playoffs on Monday night.

Giants' outfielder Angel Pagan got things started immediately, hitting a leadoff home run to right field and, in the process, matching Jimmy Rollins as the only player in playoff history with two leadoff homers in a single postseason, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Meanwhile, San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong quieted the Cardinals' bats, pitching seven innings, while giving up just four hits and one earned run. The outing lowered Vogelsong's postseason ERA to 1.29.

After Pagan's leadoff home run, St. Louis tied the game up in the second off an RBI double from their starter Chris Carpenter, but the Giants blew the game open in the fourth, scoring four runs off two errors and an RBI single from Marco Scutaro.

The sloppy play was uncharacteristic of the Cardinals who, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, mustered only seven baserunners, to go along with their two costly errors, all night.

The series now shifts to St. Louis for Game 3, where San Francisco's Matt Cain will start against the Cardinals' Kyle Lohse.

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