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Lohse to start Game 7, Holliday questionable

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Lohse to start Game 7, Holliday questionable

SAN FRANCISCO -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny never announced his Game 7 starter, hoping he'd never need to.

He needs to.

The Giants forced Game 7 with a 6-1 victory Sunday night, and it was Cardinals' Game 3 starter Kyle Lohse who took the podium to field questions on the decisive game scheduled for Monday at 5:07 p.m.

"I usually don't sleep before I start anyways," Lohse said, "so it's not going to change my routine. I've known these guys. Now we've played 'em six games. I've seen enough of them, so I know what I need to do to be successful. I know last time I didn't have my best stuff and I was still able to stay away from the big inning.

"I know what I need to do, it's just a matter of going out there and doing it.

Lohse pitched 5 23 strong innings in St. Louis to earn the win over Matt Cain in Game 3. He scattered seven hits, but was able to strand Giants runners and escape with only one earned run. He walked five and struck out two.

Matt Holliday went 0-for-4 that game, and it's possible the Cards will go without contribution from him again.

Holliday was a late scratch Sunday due to back tightness, and Matheny's postgame words did not instill confidence that he'd be ready to go Monday night.

"We'll see tomorrow," Matheny said. "His back tightened up even a little more as we went through the game, so we'll see when we get here tomorrow. ... Somebody else has to step up.'"

That somebody appears to be Matt Carpenter, who entered Game 3 when Carlos Beltran left with injury and started Sunday after Holliday was scratched. Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk hitting in the two-spot in Game 6.

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

In what was set up to be a pivotal matchup of the game turned into a heated exchange.

Buster Posey stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday against Phillies closer Hector Neris.

But Posey never got to swing the bat. On the first pitch, Neris drilled the Giants catcher in the ribs with a 95 MPH fastball.

Posey whinced in pain and as he walked to first base, he appeared to ask Neris if the pitch was on purpose.

After the game, Posey was asked about the kerfuffle.

"I'm pretty certain he hit me on purpose. And it's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he couldn't get me out," Posey told reporters after the game.

Posey was asked if he could think of any incidents in previous games against the Phillies that could have led to the hit-by-pitch. He said no and asked the reporters if they could think of anything.

Posey's comments were brought to Neris after the game.

"It's stupid because nobody who watched that said, 'Oh he hit him on purpose in that situation,'" Neris told reporters, according to the Philly Inquirer.

Posey and Neris have faced each other just one time in the past. In the ninth inning of the June 3 matchup in Philadelphia, Posey flew out to left field.

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie Rhys Hoskins homered again and Pedro Florimon contributed with his bat and arm, sending the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Sunday.

Hoskins connected for a solo drive in the ninth inning, making him the first Phillies player in at least 100 years to hit five home runs in his first 11 major league games.

Florimon had a two-run single off Hunter Strickland (2-3) to cap a three-run eighth inning that made it 4-2. Florimon also had an RBI double off starter Madison Bumgarner in the second, then made a sparkling defensive play in left field to throw out Buster Posey at the plate in the bottom half of the inning.

Adam Morgan (2-1) retired three batters to win, a day after throwing just one pitch and getting the victory.

Hector Neris pitched 1 1/3 innings for his 15th save. He struck out Pablo Sandoval with the bases loaded to end the eighth after hitting Buster Posey in the back with a pitch, then fanned Denard Span with two on in the ninth to end it.

The Phillies won the season series against the Giants for the first time since 2011.

Bumgarner allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He stayed in despite taking a sharp line drive off his left shin in the second inning by Nick Williams - earlier this month, Williams hit Mets ace Jacob deGrom in the triceps with a line drive, forcing him from the game.

The Phillies trailed 2-1 going into the eighth. Hoskins and Franco hit consecutive one-out singles before Jorge Alfaro tied it with an RBI single. After Williams singled to load the bases, Florimon slapped a 1-2 pitch into right field.

Posey had two hits and an RBI, extending his hitting streak against the Phillies to 22 games. Kelby Tomlinson scored a run and Ryder Jones doubled and scored for San Francisco.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Giants: 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) continues to make steady progress and could come off the disabled list in time to join San Francisco on its upcoming road trip that begins Friday in Arizona.

UP NEXT:
Phillies: The team gets an off day before hosting Miami in a doubleheader Tuesday. RHP Dan Straily (7-8, 3.80 ERA) pitches in the first game while RHP Jose Urena (11-5, 3.61 ERA) goes in the nightcap.

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.91 ERA) faces Milwaukee on Monday.