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Beltran Sub Boosts Cardinals In Game 3

Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a two-run home run with teammates Jon Jay #19 and Matt Holliday #7 in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a two-run home run with teammates Jon Jay #19 and Matt Holliday #7 in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for an injured Carlos Beltran and the St. Louis Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3½ hour rain delay in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants for a 2-1 series lead Wednesday night.

Kyle Lohse worked around a season-worst five walks in 5 2-3 innings. Mitchell Boggs struck out Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt with two on to end the seventh and Jason Motte earned the first two-inning save of his career to reward what remained of a sellout crowd of 45,850, perhaps a third, that stuck around.

Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro had two hits and a clean game in the field, two days after Matt Holliday rammed him breaking up a double-play ball. Manager Bruce Bochy had said there would be no retaliation, and Game 3 was collision-free.

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