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Cardinals win rain-soaked Game 3 of NLCS against Giants

Oct 17, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

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It took over six hours — due to a rain delay that lasted more than three — but the Cardinals topped the Giants by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday evening in Game 3 of the NLCS at a wet Busch Stadium.

Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse was far from sharp, yielding seven hits and a season-high five walks, but the Giants failed to capitalize on multiple scoring chances and the St. Louis bullpen was again reliable. Jason Motte recorded a two-inning save, needing only 19 pitches to blow through the back and front ends of the punchless San Francisco batting order.

Matt Carpenter hit a third-inning two-run homer after coming in for the injured Carlos Beltran and outfielder Shane Robinson drove in the Cardinals’ third run on an RBI groundout in the bottom of the seventh.

Giants starter Matt Cain was pulled with two outs in the seventh — just before the rain struck — after allowing six hits and one walk. He struck out only two, matching his lowest strikeout total of the season.

The Cardinals will try to push ahead 3-1 in this best-of-seven series when Adam Wainwright squares off against Tim Lincecum in Game 4 on Thursday night. Beltran has a knee strain but might be able to play.

  1. creek0512 - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Half way to #12in’12 Go Cards!

  2. 49ersgiants4life - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Giants deserved to lose that game starting with the first inning guys on second and third no outs and only one run scores that’s horrible hope they pick it back up

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      Definately huge 49er. I was watching the game at my Parents house.
      When they got out of that inning only giving up one run I turned to my Father and said “that will win you a ballgame.” It was only the 3rd inning…but it was huge.

  3. drewnichols81 - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Someone should tell Mr Belt that just because the catcher gets crossed up doesnt mean the pitch is an automatic ball

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