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Garcia was 0-2 with a 5.74 ERA in three postseason starts before Thursday night. But the Rangers had never faced him before, and he had them off balance all 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.

A really difficult play. Andrus almost made it look easy. That’s why he’s one of the most talented shortstops in the majors.

Garcia got out of the sixth with a double-play ball. Both teams putting on a defensive clinic in a fast-paced game. Scoreless through six innings.

Lewis nearly cracked a bit in the fifth. He got away with a very hittable 2-0 pitch to Freese, then gave up a single to No. 8 batter Nick Punto on an 0-2 delivery and walked Garcia.

Lewis came back in the sixth with a 1-2-3 inning against the 2-3-4 hitters.


Texas put runners on first and third with two outs in the fourth inning, but Garcia got out of it. He fell behind 3-1 on Adrian Beltre, then came back to get a swinging strikeout.

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