St. Louis Cardinals defeat San Francisco Giants, 6-2

SAN FRANCISCO - Chris Carpenter's first 23 innings this season were quick, seamless, mostly hitless and free of earned runs.

Saturday's six sometimes dragged, were bumpy and required a midcourse correction.

In a match-up of former Cy Young Award winners, Carpenter emerged the winner over San Francisco Giants lefthander Barry Zito, as he contained two early rallies before Albert Pujols' 15th home run and a two-run insurrection incited by Nick Stavinoha and lefthanded ...