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What if... World Series game five

After a disapppointing loss in game four, the Cardinals could have easily folded up the tent and made golf reservations.

But ace Chris Carpenter wasn't having it. He threw a complete game shutout to take down the Bronx Bombers by a 5-0 score and force a sixth game in New York.

St. Louis took the lead in the first when second baseman Skip Schumaker led off with a walk and centerfielder Colby Rasmus drove him to second with a line drive single to right. First baseman Albert Pujols hit into a fielder's choice, forcing out Rasmus at second. Then left fielder Matt Holliday singled home Schumaker on a liner to the opposite field and right fielder Ryan Ludwick bounced a ball past the shortstop to drive in Pujols to make it 2-0.

Wainwright and Yankees starter A.J. Burnett traded zeros until the sixth when Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was hit by a pitch on his leg. Third baseman Mark DeRosa bonced one past Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter to put two on with two out and Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan doubled into the left field corner to score both runners and make it 4-0.

The Yankees had runners on second and third with one out in the top of the seventh but were unable to get back in the game when centerfielder Melky Cabrera lines out to second and Hideki Matsui, who was pinch hitting for Burnett, struck out swining.

St. Louis added a fifth run in the eighth when Ludwick singled up the middle and then Molina doubled into the right centerfield gap to drive him home.

Carpenter threw 116 pitches in the complete game, striking out 10 and walking one. He gave up five hits. Burnett threw 6 innings and gave up four earned runs on seven hits and three walks.

Joel Pineiro will face Andy Pettitte in game six at Yankee Stadium.

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WP Carpenter (1-1)

LP Burnett (0-1)

Yankees lead series 3-2