By RONALD BLUM
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
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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