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Grand night for Scutaro sparks offensive outburst

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Clearing the bases: Marco Scutaro is met by Giants teammates after hitting a grand slam in the ninth inning. - SCOTT ROVAK/US PRESSWIRE
  • Scott Rovak/US PRESSWIRE
  • Clearing the bases: Marco Scutaro is met by Giants teammates after hitting a grand slam in the ninth inning.

Marco Scutaro hit a grand slam and drove in a career-best seven runs and Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven shutout innings to lead the visiting Giants to their largest shutout victory in St. Louis, a 15-0 win Wednesday night.

Scutaro’s third career slam came in the ninth inning off Mitchell Boggs and gave the Giants a 15-run lead, surpassing the franchise’s previous largest shutout victory in St. Louis — an 11-0 margin in 1894.

Scutaro is the first San Francisco player to drive in seven runs in a game since Jeff Kent drove in seven against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 1, 2001.

Vogelsong (10-5) allowed three hits and three walks and struck out three as the Giants defeated St. Louis for the second straight night and handed the Cardinals their third-worst home shutout loss in franchise history. St. Louis lost 
19-0 to Pittsburgh on Aug. 3, 1961.

The Giants began breaking the game open with a five-run sixth inning to take a 7-0 lead.

Hunter Pence’s run-scoring single off Joe Kelly (2-5) plated the first run of the sixth. The floodgates opened when Cardinals second baseman Tyler Greene let a bases-loaded, double-play grounder by Ryan Theriot go right through his legs for two runs. Brandon Crawford added a run-scoring single to make it 6-0 and Angel Pagan capped the uprising with a sacrifice fly.

San Francisco added four runs in the eighth.