ST. LOUIS - Jim Edmonds hit a two-run double and Chris Carpenter allowed only two hits through six innings, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-0 lead over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the World Series on Tuesday night.
Edmonds pulled a bases-loaded grounder down the first-base line against starter Nate Robertson in the fourth, scoring Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen. It was a huge hit for Edmonds, who batted only .156 against left-handers during the regular season.
Carpenter, the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner, struck out five and walked none as he tried to help the Cardinals take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Series, which shifted to Busch Stadium.
Robertson didn't allow a hit until Preston Wilson's leadoff single in the fourth. Wilson began the night 5-for-5 with two homers against Robertson before lining out to second base in his first at-bat.
Pujols followed Wilson's hit with a double to right, and Rolen walked on four pitches to load the bases. After Ronnie Belliard grounded into a force play at the plate, Edmonds put St. Louis ahead.
Robertson escaped further damage and was lifted for a pinch hitter after five innings. Often overlooked in Detroit's stellar rotation, he gave up five hits and three walks (one intentional), striking out three.
Wilfredo Ledezma started the sixth and hard-throwing rookie Joel Zumaya got two outs with a runner on second to thwart another St. Louis threat.
It was Zumaya's first appearance in two weeks after he missed most of the AL championship series against Oakland with a wrist injury.
Carpenter allowed six first-inning runs during his previous three postseason starts, but he was in fine form this time. Sean Casey singled in the fifth for Detroit's other hit.