What a performance by Derek Holland!
It looked as if Washington might give the kid a chance, but then he stepped aside and signaled to the bullpen for closer Neftali Feliz, bringing boos from the crowd.
The World Series is tied at two games apiece and will go back to St. Louis for Game 6. Before that, Game 5 is Monday night in Texas.
Holland still was throwing 96 mph in the ninth, with a chance at the first complete-game shutout in the World Series since Josh Beckett’s gem for Florida to clinch the 2003 title at Yankee Stadium.
Berkman didn’t like the call, but it certainly looked like a strike.
Holland, a 16-game winner during the regular season, is throwing a gem. He walked only two and needed fewer than 100 pitches to get through seven innings.
Nolan Ryan claps his approval as Holland walks off the mound with six shutout innings under his belt.