St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Overcoming an injury to Carlos Beltran and a
lengthy weather delay, the St. Louis Cardinals gained the upper hand in the
National League Championship Series with a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco
Giants in Game 3 from Busch Stadium.
Matt Carpenter belted a two-run homer in his first at-bat in place of Beltran,
while Kyle Lohse worked out of a number of jams over a 5 2/3-inning stint as
the defending World Series champion Cardinals took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-
seven set after waiting out a stoppage of nearly 3 1/2 hours during the bottom
of the seventh caused by thunderstorms.
Despite issuing a season-high five walks along with seven hits, Lohse (2-0)
held the Giants to one run before turning things over to the St. Louis
bullpen. Four Cardinal relievers combined for 3 1/3 shutout innings, with
closer Jason Motte perfect over the final two to notch his second save of this
Beltran left after one inning with a left knee strain the veteran outfielder
suffered while grounding into a double play in his only plate appearance.
The Giants came through with several clutch hits in evening this series with a
7-1 triumph in San Francisco in Sunday's Game 2, but stranded 11 baserunners
while going 0-for-7 with men in scoring position in this one.
Pablo Sandoval finished 2-for-5 and drove in the Giants' lone run, while
starting pitcher Matt Cain (1-2) permitted all three St. Louis runs over the
first 6 2/3 innings.
Marco Scutaro was in the San Francisco lineup after exiting Game 2 with a
strained left hip, the result of a hard slide the second baseman endured from
the Cardinals' Matt Holliday, and also collected two hits.
Game 4 will take place Thursday at Busch Stadium beginning at 8:07 p.m. (et),
with Adam Wainwright getting the call for the Cardinals. Giants manager Bruce
Bochy has yet to declare a starter, with former Cy Young Award winners Tim
Lincecum and Barry Zito among the options.
The Sports Network