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GLOVE ME TENDER: Elvis Andrus ranged as far as he could to his left, diving at the edge of the outfield grass behind second base, and snared the hard grounder off the bat of Rafael Furcal.

In one fluid motion, the Rangers shortstop scooped the ball with his glove to Ian Kinsler as the second baseman glided over the bag, ending the inning and preventing St. Louis from scoring a run.

Little did he know how critical that run would be.

The defensive gem in the fifth inning Thursday night kept things scoreless, and the Rangers managed to get two sacrifice flies in the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 and send the series back to Texas tied at one game apiece.

Naturally, it was Andrus who scored the go-ahead run on Michael Young’s flyball to center.

But it was Andrus‘ play with the leather that allowed Texas to stick around. Kinsler said the glove-toss was perfect, and he struggled to come up with a better defensive play he’d seen.

“The situation that was in, and being that it was a World Series game and just the run-saving play, that play was ridiculous,” Kinsler said with a chuckle. “It was probably one of the best I’ve seen, not just him, but one of the best defensive plays.”

“When we get home tonight,” Josh Hamilton added, “I’m going to watch it again.”

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‘CZYN MUSIC: Marc Rzepczynski’s stuff has been tough enough for the Texas Rangers to hit.

Manager Ron Washington wasn’t even going to try pronouncing his last name.

For the record, it’s zep-chin’-ski. But the Rangers would just as soon not have to learn it. The left-hander struck out consecutive pinch hitters to end the seventh in the Cardinals‘ 3-2 victory in Game 1, and then retired two more batters without trouble in their 2-1 loss in Game 2.

“I don’t know how to pronounce his last name, so I’m not even going to try,” Washington said before Game 2 on Thursday night. “You’ve got to give credit to Marc. Marc executed his pitches, and when pitchers execute, usually the results that we got is what you get.”

Washington doesn’t need many pinch hitters in the regular season because of the DH, and Texas was just 12 for 61 (.197) with a homer and 12 RBIs as a team. Three Cardinals had more than 20 pinch hit at-bats and St. Louis was 51 for 224 (.228) with three homers and 32 RBIs.

Pinch hitter Allen Craig delivered the go-ahead RBI in the sixth inning Wednesday night, and came through with another pinch hit single for the Cardinals‘ only run in Game 2.

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