- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2011

With a runner on third and two outs in the sixth, Albert Pujols made a sliding stop on Michael Young’s grounder down the first base line and tossed to Chris Carpenter covering the bag.

The play saved a run and kept the score tied 2-all. Pujols pumped his fist before heading to the dugout.


C.J. Wilson made a big pitch when he needed one.

After an intentional walk to Pujols put runners at first and second with one out in the fifth, Wilson got in on the hands of Matt Holliday and incuded a grounder right to third baseman Adrian Beltre.

Always a slick fielder, Beltre started an around-the-horn double play to end the inning.

Could be a confidence-booster for Wilson. Score tied at 2.


Mike Napoli just ripped a two-run homer to right field, tying the score at 2 in the fifth inning.

You don’t see many opposite-field homers that sail that far over the fence. It was a no-doubter right off the bat. Napoli knew it was gone, and so did Rangers manager Ron Washington. Cardinals right fielder Lance Berkman hardly moved.

Impressive power.

Must be something about that No. 7 spot in the Texas lineup. That’s where Nelson Cruz was during the ALCS against Detroit. He moved up a spot in the World Series opener, with Napoli dropped to seventh.


The Cardinals broke through first, in the fourth inning.

Pujols was hit on the foot by a pitch from Wilson and Holliday doubled into the right-field corner. Berkman also went the other way, bouncing a two-run single over first base for a 2-0 lead.

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