- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2011

We’ve seen that before.

Allen Craig came through against Alexi Ogando again, delivering a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning that gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead in Game 2 on Thursday night.

Jaime Garcia pitched a brilliant game for the Cardinals, striking out seven through seven innings in a scoreless duel with Texas starter Colby Lewis.

But when Garcia’s spot came up in the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals had runners at first and third with two outs. So manager Tony La Russa pulled Garcia for Craig, and Rangers skipper Ron Washington went to Ogando.

Same matchup as Game 1, when Craig’s pinch-hit single to right off Ogando broke a tie and sent the Cardinals to a 3-2 victory.

It was practically a replay in Game 2. Craig took a low-outside fastball and served it into right field for the go-ahead hit.


Garcia was 0-2 with a 5.74 ERA in three postseason starts before Thursday night.


David Freese extended his postseason hitting streak to 12 games with a seventh-inning single.


Wow, what a play by Elvis Andrus!

St. Louis had runners at first and second in the fifth inning when Rafael Furcal hit a one-hop smash up the middle. Andrus grabbed it with a quick dive to his left and flipped the ball with his glove _ from the outfield grass _ to second base for a forceout.

Ian Kinsler had Furcal shaded to pull, so it took the Rangers’ second baseman a while to get to the bag. Andrus led him perfectly, lofting the ball so Kinsler had time to run through it and step on second just ahead of the slide by Garcia.

It was sort of like a quarterback leading his tailback on an option pitch. Perfect.

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