The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers 10-9 in 11 innings to force a Game 7 decider in Major League Baseball’s World Series.
With the teams tied at 3-3 in the best-of-seven series, the final game will be held tonight at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the first World Series in nine years to go seven games. The Rangers are seeking their first championship in franchise history, and the Cardinals are looking for their 11th title.
David Freese hit his game-winning fifth home run of the postseason in the bottom of the 11th with no outs off Mark Lowe, who got the loss. Freese had tied the game at 7-7 in the ninth on a triple that allowed Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman to score.
“That was incredible,” Freese said in a televised interview. “We want to be here. We’re going to fight to the end.”
Josh Hamilton hit a run-scoring single in the first for the Rangers. Berkman answered with a two-run homer for the Cardinals.
Berkman scored on Yadier Molina’s groundout in the fourth to tie the game at 3-3 for the Cardinals, and scored on Molina’s walk in the sixth to even the score again at 4-4.
‘Takes the Cake’
Texas had a three-run seventh that gave the Rangers a 7-4 advantage as Adrian Beltre hit a home run followed by Nelson Cruz’s eighth home run of the postseason and Ian Kinsler’s run-scoring single.
“We thought we had it,” Michael Young, who had a run-scoring double in the fifth inning for Texas, said in a locker room interview. “We’ll regroup and try again.”. Allen Craig hit a solo home run in the eighth inning for the Cardinals and Freese tied it up at 7-7 with his two-run triple in the ninth.
Hamilton, the reigning American League Most Valuable Player who is hampered by a groin injury, blasted his first home run in 82 at-bats in the postseason to score Elvis Andrus and give Texas a 9-7 lead in the 10th.
The Cardinals came back to tie the game 9-9 when Daniel Descalso scored on Ryan Theriot’s groundout to third and Berkman hit a run-scoring single.
“I’ve played in a lot of postseason games,” Berkman said in a televised interview. “This one takes the cake.”
Jake Westbrook got the win, allowing one hit in one inning for the Cardinals, who needed seven pitchers. The Rangers used eight.