- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2011

Not-so-instant replay.

Game 5 started the same way Game 4 did, with a lineout by Rafael Furcal to Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre. Tough start for Furcal on his 34th birthday.

Albert Pujols swings at a 3-0 pitch and flies out to center field to end the first inning. C.J. Wilson retired the Cardinals in order.

Besides his record-setting performance in Game 3, Pujols is 0 for 11 in the Series.

Chris Carpenter issues a two-out walk to Josh Hamilton in the first, but that’s it. Scoreless after one.

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This is shaping up as the most competitive World Series in nearly a decade.

With the Cardinals and Rangers tied at two games apiece, Carpenter is facing Wilson in a rematch of the opener.

It’s the first time the Series has been tied 2-all since 2003, when the Florida Marlins upset the New York Yankees in six games. The last seven-game Series was the year before that, when the Angels beat the Giants.

Carpenter has excelled in October, but Wilson has been a dud. A 16-game winner during the regular season with a 2.94 ERA, the Texas ace is 0-3 with a 7.17 ERA in four postseason starts this year.

Those numbers could cost him some serious cash, too, because Wilson can become a free agent next month. This is his last chance to prove to potential suitors that he can thrive under pressure in a big postseason game.

No pitcher has ever lost four times in one postseason, according to STATS LLC.

Wilson walked six and lost to Carpenter 3-2 in Game 1, though the lefty threw the ball better than he had in his previous playoff outings.

The fiery Carpenter is 3-0 with a 3.52 ERA in four starts this postseason. The only time he didn’t win, he was pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his career.

Carpenter owns eight career postseason wins, tied with Yankees closer Mariano Rivera for the most among active pitchers.

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