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“I learned what my body’s going to feel like, what my stuff’s going to be like,” Carpenter said. “You go out there and you make pitches. We’ll see what happens. Everybody’s going to be ready tomorrow, I can tell you that.”

Lohse, who would be pitching on five days’ rest, was pulled after three innings in Game 3, and the Cardinals went on to win 16-7 against Harrison, who was let down by his defense and allowed five runs _ two unearned _ in 3 2-3 innings. Jackson struggled with his control and walked seven in 5 1-3 innings as St. Louis lost 4-0 in Game 4.

Hall of Famer Bob Gibson started three Game 7s for the Cardinals, winning in 1964 and 1967 and losing in 1968 _ all with complete games.

In 1926, Babe Ruth was thrown out trying to steal second base for the final out as the Cardinals beat the Yankees 3-2. And in 1946, the score was tied at 3 in the eighth when the Cardinals’ Enos Slaughter scored from first on Harry Walker’s hit as Boston Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky hesitated with his relay after receiving the throw from outfielder Leon Culberson.

Other great moments include Edgar Renteria’s 11th-inning single that won the 1997 title for Florida against Cleveland, Gene Larkin’s 10th-inning single that gave Minnesota a 1-0 win over Atlanta in 1991 behind Jack Morris’ seven-hitter, and Bill Mazeroski’s Series-ending home run in 1960 that lifted Pittsburgh over the Yankees 10-9.

“Every day of my life, I think about that home run,” Mazeroski said. “Wouldn’t you?”

Forty years before losing to the Angels, the Giants lost 1-0 in Game 7 to the Yankees when Bobby Richardson gloved Willie McCovey’s line drive to end the game with Willie Mays stranded at second.

While in New York, the Giants lost two especially painful seventh games.

In 1912 against the Boston Red Sox, which actually was the eighth game because of a 6-6 tie in Game 2, the Giants took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th inning. They were one out from winning when Fred Snodgrass dropped a routine fly ball in center field. Tris Speaker’s single tied the score and Larry Gardner’s sacrifice fly won it 3-2.

In 1924, Earl McNeely’s grounder bounced over rookie third baseman Freddie Lindstrom’s head to bring home Muddy Ruel with the winning run in the 12th inning, giving the original Washington Senators a 4-3 victory.

Brooklyn fans treasure Johnny Podres’ 2-0 win in 1955 over the Yankees, who beat the Dodgers in the Series five times previously. Sandy Koufax pitched a shutout on two days’ rest in 1965 as Los Angeles beat Minnesota’s Jim Kaat 2-0, and Lew Burdette pitched a shutout on two days’ rest in 1957 to lead the Milwaukee Braves over the Yankees’ Don Larsen 5-0.

In 1975, Cincinnati’s Joe Morgan got the go-ahead hit off Boston’s Jim Burton _ who never pitched in the major leagues again _ to give the Reds a 4-3 victory at Fenway Park. The Mets overcame a 3-0 deficit against the Red Sox in Game 7 in 1986 as Ray Knight and Darryl Strawberry homered in an 8-5 victory.

“The experience of Game 7,” La Russa said, “is something they’ll never forget.”