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October 27, 2011

World Series Game 6 Final: Cardinals 10, Rangers 9 (St. Louis evens best-of-seven series 3-3)

By Drew Davison

ddavison@star-telegram.com

ST. LOUIS – The Texas Rangers were one out – and one strike – away from winning their first World Series title.

But the St. Louis Cardinals made a dramatic come back in the ninth inning, and pulled away for a 10-9 victory in the 11th inning to force a Game 7 of the 107th World Series.

David Freese belted a 3-2 offering by Rangers reliever Mark Lowe over the center field fence to lift the Cardinals to a walk-off victory.

With a 7-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, the Rangers called on closer Neftali Feliz to get the final three outs.

Feliz struck out Ryan Theriot to start the ninth, but Albert Pujols doubled to left-center and Lance Berkman drew a walk.

That brought up the go-ahead run, Craig. Feliz struck him out, but David Freese followed with a two-run triple off the right-field wall to tie the game at 7-7.

The Rangers seemed to finally seize control of the game with a two-run home run by Josh Hamilton in the 10th inning to give them a 9-7 lead.

But the Cardinals rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 10th. Darren Oliver gave up consecutive singles to Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay. Kyle Lohse then laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving runners to second and third and ending Oliver's night.

Scott Feldman retired Ryan Theriot on a grounder that scored Descalso. The Rangers then intentionally walked Albert Pujols, but Lance Berkman singled to center to bring in the tying run.

Lowe relieved Feldman and, as stated, gave up the homer to Freese, the first batter he faced.

Game 7 is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday at Busch Stadium. The Rangers will start left-hander Matt Harrison, while the Cardinals have yet to announce their starter although Chris Carpenter could come back on three days’ rest.

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This was the most disturbing game I have seen the Rangers play in a long while.
They at times were able to play better than the Cardinals, but never showed the desire to put the Cardinals away. YOU NEVER when you have a chance to put the game away, choke in so many ways to never put the game away. I have been a Ranger fan for over 30 years and have always loved the way they have played even when less talented than the opponent. Tonight, they had more talent but much less desire than the Cardinals. When you let an opponent up off the canvas, they will eventually throw a knockout punch out of desperation and this is what the Cardinals did. The Texas Ranger pitching staff showed me again what has scared me most of the year. The Texas Rangers had this game won, and let the cardinals back in 5-6 times. Game 7 is going to be much harder to win and the Rangers might not have Napoli depending on how his ankle feels on Friday. SHOULD HAVE HAD A LEAST ONE PITCHER THAT COULD HAVE CLOSED THE DOOR. Should have faced Pujols when they walked him to get to Berkman, who is a more disciplined hitter and has hit much better in the series. Bad decision on Washington's part.

RANGER's TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP you have to have more desire than the other team (and no loafing on a game ending potential play) and tonight you didn't, Tomorrow you better come ready to play and out desire, out hustle, out team, out hit, out pitch the Cardinals because they now have you by the short and curly's. Winning game 6 was much easier than trying to win game 7. Now I am done lecturing, God Bless and my prayers for you all to perform at your best on Friday. Have the heart of champions Friday because you will need it.

Colorado Texas Ranger Fan.

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