- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2011

Texas scored twice in the ninth inning to take a 2-1 lead.

The Rangers used aggressive baserunning by Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus to set up their rally against closer Jason Motte. Josh Hamilton tied it with a sacrifice fly against Arthur Rhodes. Michael Young put Texas ahead with a sac fly against Lance Lynn.

Neftali Feliz is on in the bottom of the ninth to try to close it out for the Rangers and tie the Series at one game apiece.

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The hitters coming off the bench for Texas look really rusty. Most of them haven’t had much action lately, and that’s hurting the Rangers so far in the World Series.

Craig Gentry and Esteban German in Game 1. Yorvit Torrealba and German in Game 2. Swinging at balls in the dirt, taking pitches down the middle _ their at-bats have been pretty ugly.

Rangers manager Ron Washington has sent four pinch hitters to the plate against Cardinals lefty Marc Rzepczynski. All right-handed batters. Rzepczynski has retired each one, three on strikeouts.

Heading to the ninth, Cardinals lead 1-0. Top of the lineup due up for Texas against Motte.

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We’ve seen this 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 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.

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