Cards Take 2-1 Series Lead Over Brewers: The St. Louis Cardinals scored four first-inning runs off Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo and held on to win 4-3, taking a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series. Starter Chris Carpenter, helped by four relievers after exiting after the fifth, has tied Bob Gibson's franchise record of seven postseason wins. Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel pans Brewers manager Ron Roenicke's decision to start Mark Kotsay in center field to add some offense to the lineup. Kotsay homered, but also had a base-running lapse and fly-ball misplay. "Older, slower reflexes in such a monumental swing game pretty much get you what you deserve," Hunt writes.