Rangers Even Series with Late Rally


AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jason Motte and the St. Louis Cardinals'

bullpen failed to hold on this time, allowing the Texas Rangers to

tie the World Series at a game apiece.

With the Cardinals on the verge of winning the first two games,

Motte allowed consecutive singles to open the ninth inning, and

sacrifice flies by Josh Hamilton and Michael Young lifted the Texas

Rangers to a 2-1 victory Thursday night.

In a virtual repeat of the opener, pinch-hitter Allen Craig put

the Cardinals ahead with a seventh-inning single off Alexi Ogando.

After five pitchers combined for three innings of scoreless,

one-hit relief to finish off a 3-2 Cardinals win in Game 1, Motte

quickly got into trouble.

Ian Kinsler blooped a leadoff single to left in the ninth, just

the fourth hit for the Rangers, and then stole second. Elvis Andrus

singled to center, with Kinsler holding at third, and Andrus

advanced when Jon Jay's throw deflected off the glove of cutoff man

Albert Pujols.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa brought in lefty Arthur Rhodes

to face Hamilton, who is hitless in 16 consecutive World Series

at-bats dating to Game 3 against San Francisco last year. But the

reigning AL MVP drove home Kinsler with a fly to right.

Lance Lynn relieved, and Young hit a fly to center that scored


Motte took the loss, and Mike Adams got the win with a scoreless

eighth. Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth for the save, walking

Yadier Molina before striking out Nick Punto and Scott Schumaker.

Rafael Furcal flied out to end it.

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