A day off because of a rainout seemed to refresh the Tigers, who trailed 2-1 in the Series and were hitting only .185 as a team. They also got a big boost from reliever Fernando Rodney, who bailed out starter Jeremy Bonderman from a sixth-inning jam.
Ivan Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson each got their first hits of the Series and Casey connected for the first postseason home run of his career. Casey's solo shot in the second landed smack in the middle of the Cardinals' bullpen - naturally, none of the St. Louis relievers made any attempt to pick up the ball.
Scott Rolen doubled twice for the Cardinals, helping them rally from an early 3-0 deficit. After three games that largely lacked suspense, this one was shaping up as a tense affair.
The weather cooperated - mostly, anyway. A light mist that shrouded the top of the Gateway Arch lifted by gametime and it was 53 degrees at the start, comfortable enough for Bonderman to come out wearing short sleeves.
The mist returned and became heavier starting in the sixth inning as the temperature began to drop. Showers were in the forecast for later, and baseball hoped to avoid the first rain-shortened game in postseason history.