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October 24, 2011

Wrapping up Texas' 4-2 World Series Game 5 victory

Here are some postgame notes from the Rangers' 4-2 victory over St. Louis in Game 5 of the World Series:

- The World Series has stood at 3-2 on 61 previous occasions and the team with the lead has won the World Series 41 times.

- Texas leads a best-of-7 series 3-2 for the third time in franchise history. In the past two occurrences, the Rangers have closed out in Game 6. It is the first time Texas has held a World Series lead in two appearances.

- Texas relievers have taken the win on six occasions in the 2011 postseason, which is tied for second-most all-time in a single postseason and trails only the 2003 Florida Marlins (seven).

- Rangers closer Neftali Feliz picked up his sixth save of the 2011 postseason and in 10.1 innings pitched, he has allowed one run on three hits with seven walks.

    - Feliz's 1.02 career postseason ERA ranks 10th all-time among relievers with at least 15 innings.

    - Feliz has converted all seven postseason save chances.

- St. Louis has made 65 pitching changes during the 2011 postseason, which is the most all-time.

- Ian Kinsler has reached base safely in 29 of 31 postseason games, after drawing two walks in Game 5.

- With a RBI tie-breaking double in the eighth inning, Mike Napoli now has nine RBIs in the 2011 World Series, which ties for sixth-most all-time.

- Adrian Beltre now has four postseason career home runs after going yard in the sixth in Game 5. His three other home runs came in Game 4 of the ALDS.

- Darren Oliver picked up the win in Game 5 and is now the third-oldest pitcher to record a W in the World Series (41 years, 18 days old). Former Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers ranks second at 41 years, 346 days) and Dolf Luque ranks first (43 years,64 days).

- The four intentional walks the Rangers dealt in Game 5 matches a World Series record.

- Albert Pujols was intentionally walked three times in Game 5, marking the third time that has happened. Pujols has now been intentionally walked four times in the 2011 World Series, which ties him with Kirby Puckett and trails only Barry Bonds (seven in 2002).

- Allen Craig was thrown out stealing twice in Game 5, marking just the 11th time in World Series history that has happened, with the last occurrence happening in 1955.

- St. Louis went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position in Game 5, leaving 12 runners on base.


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With the game tied 2-2 going into the eighth, Michael Young singled off Cardinals reliever Octavio Dotel. Adrian Beltre struck out, and then the Cardinals intentionally walked Nelson Cruz.


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