Carlos Beltran

NL Championships
5:20 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Cards Win Game 3 Of NL Championships, Beltran Injured

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter delivers a pitch to the Chicago Cubs in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 5, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Matt Carpenter always tries to stay ready, keeping an assortment of gloves nearby. That's his job.


The St. Louis Cardinals' utilityman took on a new role in Game 3 of the NL championship series: game-changer.


Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3 1/2-hour rain delay in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night for a 2-1 series lead.

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St. Louis Cardinals
7:57 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Cardinals Win First Game of NL Championship Series

St. Louis Cardinals David Freese celebrates with his teammates at home place after hitting a solo walk off homerun to win game 6 of the World Series in the 11th inning on Oct. 27, 2011. The Cardinals went on to win the series.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Carlos Beltran and David Freese each hit two-run homers and the St. Louis Cardinals held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 Sunday night in Game 1 of the NL championship series.

The wild-card Cardinals took an early 6-0 lead and made it stand up. Two days earlier, St. Louis overcame a 6-0 deficit to beat Washington in the deciding Game 5 of the division series.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is tonight. Chris Carpenter pitches for the Cardinals against Ryan Vogelsong.