By Drew Davison
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.