Fill-in Matt Carpenter's 2-run blast has Cards ahead in 4th

See. Told you Matt Carpenter could hit some.

Carpenter -- who hadn't started a game in the postseason, and entered Game 3 only because Carlos Beltran tweaked his knee in the bottom of the first -- came up with two outs and a runner aboard in the bottom of the third, his proud parents in the stands, and did this:

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As Twitter so helpfully explained when Carpenter first came into the game, he owns a 1.000 batting average against Giants starter Matt Cain: 4 at-bats, 4 hits. Now he's 5 for 5.

But a better explanation for Carpenter's home run: He's a really good hitter. As a part-timer for the Cardinals this season, Carpenter slugged .463 and he's done some impressive things in the minors.

Also, that's the fourth home run Cain has allowed in three postseason starts. So who knows, maybe Beltrán would have done the same thing.*

* probably not

Kyle Lohse, given his first lead of the game,

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