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Except for a hanging slider to Carpenter, Cain was happy with his outing. He’s allowed three runs in all three postseason starts.

“I was locating both sides of the plate,” Cain said. “Throwing everything for strikes, and getting ahead of guys. This is the best I’ve felt out of the three starts (this postseason) so far.”

The Cardinals snapped the Giants‘ five-game road winning streak in the postseason, three of them this year. Bochy waited until after Game 3 to announce Tim Lincecum as his starter for Game 4 against Adam Wainwright, and also said Barry Zito would start ahead of struggling lefty Madison Bumgarner in Game 5 against Lance Lynn.

Lincecum has allowed one run in eight innings in three relief appearances in the postseason.

“I think we feel that it’s time to give Madison a little break,” Bochy said of Bumgarner, who allowed six runs in 3 2-3 innings in Game 1.

Beltran is batting .400 in the postseason with three homers and six RBIs, but Carpenter had big numbers against Cain. Before the homer in the third that put St. Louis up 2-1, he was 4 for 4 for his career against Cain, all four singles.

This one was a much bigger deal, a drive that soared over the Cardinals‘ bullpen in right field and was estimated at 421 feet.

“All those at-bats were a grind facing him, and it was the same way tonight,” Carpenter said. “You don’t expect things like that to happen.”

The 26-year-old Carpenter entered the game 1 for 5 in the postseason, all five pinch-hit appearances, with an RBI single in the wild-card playoff against Atlanta. He got 14 of his 46 RBIs in April as the primary sub at first base for injured Lance Berkman.

On Tuesday, Carpenter was among a group of seldom-used hitters trying to stay sharp by facing Jake Westbrook in a simulated game. The rest of the team had the day off.

Umpires called for the tarpaulin right after the Cardinals made it 3-1 on a run-scoring single by Shane Robinson and Cain was lifted.

It was the third game delayed by rain this postseason and a fourth, Game 4 of the Yankees-Tigers ALCS, was postponed later Wednesday night. Two games between the Yankees and Orioles in Baltimore began late because of inclement weather.

The rain intensified less than 10 minutes after the field was covered, chasing most fans who had remained in their seats to that point. Spotters for the National Weather Service reported 60 mph winds in nearby St. Charles County.

A highlight of the delay was a Pac-Man style chase. Ushers pursued and finally apprehended a fan who jumped out of the stands to get a baseball near the warning track in left field, and then jutted in and out of aisles to elude several ushers who had been closing in.

The storm had been widely anticipated. Some forecasts called for a 70 percent chance of rain. Both managers fielded questions Tuesday and Wednesday about whether the probability of precipitation would affect their selection of the starting pitcher.

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