The wall still is standing. So are the Giants.
This one will be Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. The winner advances to the World Series against the Tigers. The loser goes home.
"I wouldn't say we like it, but it seems like guys are playing really well when we get in this situation," said Cain, who will take the mound opposite Kyle Lohse. "Guys are just kind of letting it all hang out and it seems to be working out really well."
Ryan Vogelsong gave up one run in seven innings and struck out a career-high nine Sunday night as the Giants beat the Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6. The Cardinals mixed sloppy defense with erratic pitching and virtually no hitting, botching their second consecutive chance to send the Giants home for the winter.
Matt Holliday, perhaps their best hitter, could not play Sunday because of lower back tightness.
Game 7 offers a rematch of Game 3, in which Cain faced Lohse. The Cardinals won 3-1, but Lohse was rarely acquainted with the strike zone. He gave up seven hits and five walks in 52/3 innings, but the Giants left 11 on base.
Cain's home record this season is 8-3 with a 2.03 ERA.
On Sunday, for the fourth time in the series, the Giants put up a four-run inning. Three of those runs were unearned; the Cardinals have given up 10 unearned runs in the series.
The big inning was the second. The Giants already had scored once in the first, when Cardinals third baseman David Freese bobbled a ground ball. That enabled Marco Scutaro to scoot home with the game's first run.
In the second, with Brandon Belt on third and one out, the Cardinals intentionally walked Brandon Crawford. Vogelsong faked a bunt, then took a full swing and grounded to shortstop Pete Kozma.
Kozma bobbled the ball for an error, with Belt scoring. One out later, Scutaro doubled home two and Pablo Sandoval singled home one more, and the Giants had a 5-0 lead before Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter could get a handle on the strike zone.
In the third, Matt Carpenter, playing first base, had a ball go off his glove for a single. In the eighth, second baseman Daniel Descalso dived for a ground ball, but the ball hopped up and hit him in the face.
Scutaro reached base three times. He is batting .474 (9-for-19) since Holliday injured him on a slide in Game 2.