Carpenter Wins His First World Series Start

Chris Carpenter had waited his whole career to pitch in a World Series game. Though he had been a 15-game winner for the 2004 National League champion Cardinals, Carpenter was sidelined for the playoffs that year because of a biceps injury.

Carpenter joined just a handful of star Cardinals right-handers who won their first World Series start when he pitched eight brilliant innings in blanking Detroit, 5-0, in Game 3 Tuesday night.

Sean Casey was the only Tigers hitter who could do anything with Carpenter, who needed only 82 pitches for his eight innings. If anybody owns a piece of Carpenter, it is Casey, who is 8-for-16 against Carpenter, mostly when he played with Cincinnati.

Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen and center fielder Jim Edmonds seem intent on making up for the World Series they essentially missed and catcher Yadier Molina for the season he missed.

Rolen and Edmonds were both active in the 2004 Series, but Rolen went 0-for-15 and Edmonds had only a bunt single in 15 at-bats. But Rolen, with a single, and Edmonds, with a double, both hit safely in their third straight game in this Series, and Rolen has hit in eight straight postseason games overall. Rolen is hitting .417 and Edmonds .444 in the Series.

"This is the World Series. I'm having a good time," said Edmonds, who noted that this might be his last season with the Cardinals.

Molina has rendered his .216 average in 2006 totally meaningless with his postseason play. He, too, has hit safely in all three Series games and is 15-for-47 (.319) for the postseason.

REPLAY: Center fielder Jim Edmonds, who has started all 14 postseason games after barely playing the last two months of the season because of post-concussion syndrome, broke a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the fourth inning, and Chris Carpenter did the rest Tuesday night as the Cardinals won Game 3 of the World Series, 5-0.

Carpenter threw only 82 pitches and scattered three singles in eight innings.

--SS David Eckstein, who had been struggling at 8-for-52, had two hits and a walk in his final three plate appearances.

--LF Preston Wilson, who had been 5-for-5 against Detroit LHP Nate Robertson, had a single to start the Cardinals' two-run rally in the fourth.

--RHP Chris Carpenter walked 43 hitters in 221 2/3 regular-season innings and was even better Tuesday, walking nobody in eight innings. In eight postseason starts he has made the last two years, the Cardinals have won seven. Carpenter has won five himself.

--Carpenter was 8-4 with a 1.81 earned run average at home this season. His victory snapped a two-start winless streak in this postseason. Both games were on the road at New York in the National League Championship Series.

--The Cardinals not only took a 2-1 lead in this Series, but they're 9-8 against the Tigers in three Series (1934, 1968 and 2006).

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- Number of times CF Jim Edmonds has reached base in the first three games of the Series.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I came out tonight and had my good stuff." -- RHP Chris Carpenter after his masterful performance in Game 3.

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