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Giants lead Cardinals 5-1 in Game 6 of NLCS

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Giants lead Cardinals 5-1 in Game 6 of NLCS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Ryan Vogelsong tied a career high with eight strikeouts and the San Francisco Giants took a 5-1 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals through six innings in Game 6 of the NL championship series Sunday night.

St. Louis leads the best-of-seven series 3-2.

With the Giants trying to force a decisive Game 7 at home, Marco Scutaro hit a two-out, two-run double off Chris Carpenter to highlight San Francisco's four-run second. Buster Posey's groundout in the first scored Scutaro and gave the NL batting champion his first RBI of the series.

Vogelsong's dominant start came almost all on fastballs and commanding cutters to energize an orange towel-twirling crowd on a cool night at San Francisco's waterfront ballpark. The only baserunner he allowed was a one-out walk to Matt Carpenter in the first until Daniel Descalso's broken-bat single to center with two outs in the fifth.

Fans gave Vogelsong a standing ovation and serenaded the 35-year-old journeyman with chants of ``Vog-ey! Vog-ey!'' Pete Kozma also singled before Vogelsong got pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker to ground out to first.

Allen Craig's two-out single in the sixth drove home Carlos Beltran for the Cardinals' only run. St. Louis had gone 15 innings without scoring after lefty Barry Zito and Co. held them scoreless in Game 5.

Carpenter was replaced after allowing six hits and five runs - three unearned - in four innings. He walked two and struck out six, almost identical to his Game 2 loss in San Francisco, except he had only one strikeout in that start.

Matt Carpenter replaced Matt Holliday in St. Louis' lineup when the left fielder was scratched about 45 minutes before first pitch because of lower back tightness, the team said. Matt Carpenter started at first base and batted second, Craig shifted from first to left field and Beltran slid back a spot to third while playing right field.

With Vogelsong on the mound to pace San Francisco's scintillating start, Holliday's absence might not have mattered much.

After Scutaro drew a one-out walk in the first, Pablo Sandoval doubled over the head of Jon Jay as the center fielder got turned around fighting the sun and shadows during the twilight start. Scutaro scored on Posey's groundout to third to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

Brandon Belt tripled to right-center leading off the second. Gregor Blanco struck out swinging and Brandon Crawford was intentionally walked.

With Crawford trying to steal second on the pitch, Vogelsong chopped a ball that shortstop Pete Kozma couldn't handle as Belt scored. Scutaro doubled to left and Sandoval singled on the 10th pitch from Chris Carpenter to put the Giants ahead 5-0.

The 10 unearned runs allowed by the Cardinals were the most in NLCS history, according to STATS LLC. Two teams allowed nine.

Not exactly the start St. Louis had in mind.

The only other time the Cardinals opened a 3-1 lead in the NLCS came in 1996, when they lost to the Atlanta Braves in seven games. San Francisco, which never faced an elimination game in winning the 2010 World Series title, is 4-0 when pushed to the brink this postseason. The Giants became the first team in major league history to come back from an 0-2 deficit and win the final three games on the road when they stunned the Cincinnati Reds in the division series.

St. Louis has won its last seven games when facing elimination dating back to 2006, but the defending World Series champions were hoping to avoid another chance to extend the streak. After falling into a 3-1 hole before winning Game 5 to send the series back to San Francisco, the Giants liked their chances to do just that.

Vogelsong became the first Giants starter to last six innings this postseason when he allowed four hits over seven innings in a 7-1 victory in Game 2. Chris Carpenter had been even more reliable this time of year for the Cardinals, with his 10 postseason victories the most in franchise history.

Giants ace Matt Cain would take the mound for Game 7 in San Francisco on Monday night. Kyle Lohse, who started Game 3 opposite Cain, is likely to get the start for St. Louis.

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Antonio Gonzalez can be reached at: www.twitter.com/agonzalezAP

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

The Redskins are very thin at running back right now. 

Today at practice the Redskins had three running backs on the field. Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs are fully healthy while Chris Thompson is limited as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered last November. 

Injuries have hit the depth at running back. The most recent casualty was Martez Carter, who was waived with an injury designation. 

The move was surprising since Carter had some good runs against the Jets during their preseason game on Thursday and he did not appear to be injured during the game. 

Coach Jay Gruden did not offer any more details as to what the injury to Carter was, only that he is no longer with the team. 

Also sidelined with lower leg injuries are Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall. According to media reports, Perine will be out one week and Marshall for two to four. Gruden would not confirm the timelines, saying only that they are undergoing treatment and the timetable for their returns in unknown. 

The Redskins will bring in some running backs to try out on Sunday. They will need at least one and probably two in order to get through the upcoming preseason game against the Broncos on Friday. 

In other personnel moves, the Redskins waived linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive end Jalen Wilkerson and signed offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, defensive back Darius Hillary, and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers. 

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!

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