Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

St. Louis leads 1-0 (as of 8/19)

Game 1: Friday, August 19
San Francisco4Final
St. Louis5
Game 2: Saturday, August 20
San Francisco2Final
St. Louis4
Game 3: Sunday, August 21
San Francisco4Final
in 10
St. Louis2

Giants 4

(53-68, 28-35 away)

Cardinals 5

(77-45, 40-24 home)

    8:10 PM ET, August 19, 2005

    Busch Stadium I, St. Louis, Missouri 

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    STL 000000005 5 12 1

    W: J. Tavarez (2-2)

    L: J. Accardo (0-3)

    Carpenter eyes 10th straight win in series opener vs. Giants

    San Francisco (53-67) at St Louis (76-45), 8:10 pm EDT

    ST. LOUIS (Ticker) - Chris Carpenter is constructing quite a case for his first Cy Young Award.

    The St. Louis Cardinals righthander looks to continue his dream season and post a 10th straight victory Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants.

    Carpenter (17-4, 2.25 ERA) has gone 9-0 with a 1.07 ERA in his last 11 starts. He tossed his sixth complete game of the season Saturday, allowing eight hits without a walk and striking out eight in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.

    The veteran righthander, who never had won more than 15 games in a season prior to this year, is 10-1 with a 1.26 ERA in night starts and has won four straight outings against teams from the National League West Division.

    In an apparent mismatch, the Giants oppose Carpenter with struggling rookie Brad Hennessey (4-5, 5.68). The 25-year-old righthander has dropped his last two starts, allowing a total of 11 runs and 15 hits in 7 1/3 innings in consecutive losses to Atlanta and Florida.

    San Francisco is coming off a 4-2 defeat in the finale of their four-game set with Cincinnati. The Giants won the first three games, but dropped Thursday's contest as Brett Tomko was reached for four runs in six innings to lose his third straight start.

    The Cardinals also are coming off a loss in their series finale, an 8-2 setback to Arizona in which Jason Marquis surrendered six runs in 7 2/3 innings to lose his sixth straight start.

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    Gameday Matchup

     San FranciscoSt. Louis
    W-L75-87100-62
    Night53-5767-36
    Grass73-8696-60
    Current StreakW1W3
    Last 104-65-5

    Pitching Matchup

    San FranciscoSt. Louis
    B. Hennessey
    5-8, 4.64 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/1 vs ARI
    7.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND
    C. Carpenter
    21-5, 2.83 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs HOU
    6.0 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.San FranciscoSt. Louis
    1. R. Winn, CF D. Eckstein, SS
    2. O. Vizquel, SS A. Nunez, 3B
    3. J. Snow, 1B A. Pujols, 1B
    4. M. Alou, LF J. Edmonds, CF
    5. R. Durham, 2B M. Grudzielanek, 2B
    6. P. Feliz, 3B J. Mabry, RF
    7. T. Linden, LF S. Taguchi, LF
    8. M. Matheny, C Y. Molina, C
    9. B. Hennessey, P C. Carpenter, P