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Carpenter gives St. Louis 2- 1 Series lead CARDINALS 5, TIGERS 0
ST. LOUIS • Chris Carpenter hurled eight scoreless innings and Jim Edmonds hit a two- run double to power the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5- 0 victory against the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the 102nd World Series last night.
Carpenter allowed only three hits, while striking out six Tiger batters in a masterful performance, the veteran righthander avenging a regular- season loss at Detroit, where he was pounded for a season- high seven runs and nine hits in an interleague contest.
The Cardinals seized a 2- 1 edge in Major League Baseball’s best- of- seven championship final with the chance to clinch their first crown since 1982 by winning Games 4 and 5 here tonight and tomorrow.
Edmonds, who hit only .156 against left- handers this season, tagged southpaw Tigers starter Nate Robertson for a two- run double down the rightfield line in the fourth inning for all the scoring Carpenter would need.
Braden Looper pitched a scoreless ninth inning for St. Louis to complete the shutout.
Carpenter, 15- 8 this season with a 3.09 earned- run average, improved to 3- 1 in the playoffs. He won the National League Cy Young Award as best pitcher in 2005 and could claim the award again this year.
The Cardinals would have the worst record of any World Series champion after a lateseason fade to 83- 78 nearly cost them a playoff spot.
The Tigers seek their first World Series title since 1984 after 12 losing seasons in a row, including an American Leaguerecord 119 losses in 2003.
The Cardinals took a 2- 0 lead in the fourth against Robertson, who was coming off a twoweek layoff following the Tigers’ sweep of the Oakland Athletics in the American League Championship Series.
Preston Wilson singled, Albert Pujols doubled and Scott Rolen, who would stretch his playoff hit streak to eight games, walked to load the bases.
Wilson was thrown out at home on Ronnie Belliard’s grounder to third base, but Edmonds followed with his key double.
The Cardinals doubled the lead to 4- 0 in the seventh inning thanks to an error by Detroit reliever Joel Zumaya, who walked David Eckstein and Wilson, but was set to escape the threat when Pujols grounded the ball back to him.
Instead of trying for a double play, Zumaya attempted to throw out the lead runner at third base. However, Zumaya’s toss was behind Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge, who fell and watched the ball roll away as the runners scored.
Japan’s So Taguchi added the final St. Louis run in the eighth, walking and taking third on a single before scoring on a wild pitch from Tigers reliever Zach Miner.
Detroit’s Ivan Rodriguez saw his playoff slump extend to 0for- 22, while Curtis Granderson, the American League strikeout leader, fell to 0- for- 13 in the Series, and Placido Polanco dropped to 0- for- 10.