The Cardinals' offense, in fact, did not score more than three runs in any game of the series although the team's 3-1 win on Saturday did prevent a sweep. The Cardinals are 5-12 against Cleveland in interleague play and 2-6 in Cleveland.
Carpenter, suffering his first loss in five decisions, had problems locating pitches early, walking second baseman Jamey Carroll to start the game and then throwing a high fastball to left fielder Mark DeRosa, who whacked a two-run homer to give Cleveland a quick 2-0 lead in the first.
The Cardinals had only three runners in scoring position against Lee, who retired 20 in a row at one point.
CLEVELAND 3, CARDINALS 0: The Cardinals were blanked for the third time this season, putting runners on base in only three innings -- the first, eighth and ninth. Six of the nine players in the starting lineup were hitless and the heart of the Cardinals' lineup -- the Nos. 2 through 5 hitters -- went 1-for-15.