NLCS Game 3: Cardinals vs Giants

Matt Carpenter's blast and strong bullpen help the St. Louis Cardinals

retake series lead, beating the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Wednesday night.

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches agains the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches agains the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants catches a ball in right field hit by Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants catches a ball in right field hit by Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants fields the ball in the fifth inning on a ball hit by Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants fields the ball in the fifth inning on a ball hit by Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) throws to first base for a double play as St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay (19) slides to second and Carlos Beltran (3) at first are out during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) throws to first base for a double play as St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay (19) slides to second and Carlos Beltran (3) at first are out during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) throws to first base for a double play as St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay (19) slides to second and Carlos Beltran (3) at first are out during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Pete Kozma #38 of the St. Louis Cardinals turns a double play as Marco Scutaro #19 of the San Francisco Giants is out at second base in the fifth inning in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Pete Kozma #38 of the St. Louis Cardinals turns a double play as Marco Scutaro #19 of the San Francisco Giants is out at second base in the fifth inning in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Trevor Rosenthal #64 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Trevor Rosenthal #64 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Jose Mijares #50 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Jose Mijares #50 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Javier Lopez #49 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the seventh inning against Jon Jay #19 of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Javier Lopez #49 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the seventh inning against Jon Jay #19 of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Two St. Louis Cardinals fans sit in their seats during a rain delay in the seventh inning in Game Three of the National League Championship Series between the Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Two St. Louis Cardinals fans sit in their seats during a rain delay in the seventh inning in Game Three of the National League Championship Series between the Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Shane Robinson #43 of the St. Louis Cardinals grounds out to second as David Freese #23 scores in the seventh inning while taking on the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Shane Robinson #43 of the St. Louis Cardinals grounds out to second as David Freese #23 scores in the seventh inning while taking on the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after striking out in the seventh inning against Mitchell Boggs #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after striking out in the seventh inning against Mitchell Boggs #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
A fan holds up a sign during the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A fan holds up a sign during the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A fan holds up a sign during the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence (8) strikes out during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence (8) strikes out during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence (8) strikes out during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (64) works during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (64) works during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (64) works during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter (13) hits a two-run home run during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter (13) hits a two-run home run during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter (13) hits a two-run home run during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
CORRECTS INNING TO FIFTH, NOT FOURTH - St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma (38) throws to first for a double play, taking San Francisco Giants' Marco Scutaro (19) out at second and Pablo Sandoval (48) out at first, during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
CORRECTS INNING TO FIFTH, NOT FOURTH - St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma (38) throws to first for a double play, taking San Francisco Giants' Marco Scutaro (19) out at second and Pablo Sandoval (48) out at first, during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
CORRECTS INNING TO FIFTH, NOT FOURTH - St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma (38) throws to first for a double play, taking San Francisco Giants' Marco Scutaro (19) out at second and Pablo Sandoval (48) out at first, during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) reacts on the bench after he was taken out of the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) reacts on the bench after he was taken out of the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) reacts on the bench after he was taken out of the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Jason Motte #30 and catcher Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate the Cardinals 3-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Jason Motte #30 and catcher Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate the Cardinals 3-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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