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MLB: Cardinals Take 2-1 Lead Over Tigers in World Series

The St. Louis Cardinals have defeated the visiting Detroit Tigers, 5-0, to move ahead two-games-to-one in major league baseball's best-of-seven World Series.

Excellent pitching was again the key to winning as in the first two games. This time on a chilly Tuesday evening, St. Louis veteran Chris Carpenter shut down the Detroit bats, throwing eight scoreless innings and allowing just three hits.

At the plate, Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds hit a double in the fourth inning, allowing teammates Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen to score. Tigers starting pitcher Nate Robertson was pulled out following the next inning.

A throwing error in the seventh inning by Detroit relief pitcher Joel Zumaya resulted in two more St. Louis runs. The Cardinals added another run with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

The next two games Wednesday and Thursday will also be in St. Louis. Should the World Series extend to a sixth game, the teams would play in Detroit on Saturday. Jeremy Bonderman is Detroit's expected starting pitcher in Game Four while the Cardinals are likely to counter with Jeff Suppan.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.