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Allen Craig got thrown out trying to steal second with Albert Pujols at bat in the seventh. Bad play.

No way you can get thrown out with Pujols at the plate. And even if you’re safe, first base opens up and the Rangers will just walk Pujols.

That’s exactly what they did after Craig was cut down. Even with nobody on base, Texas intentionally walked Pujols for the third time in the game.

Seems as though there must have been a mixup with a sign or something. Fox shows Craig trying to explain himself to La Russa in the dugout.

Alexi Ogando retired David Freese on a bases-loaded fly to center to end the seventh.

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C.J. Wilson was in trouble in the fifth before retiring cleanup batter Matt Holliday in a key situation for the second time in the game.

Wilson intentionally walked Pujols again, loading the bases with two outs. Holliday grounded out on a 3-2 pitch, keeping the score 2-1 Cardinals.

After an intentional walk to Pujols in the third put runners at the corners, Holliday grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Wilson was a little erratic, throwing 100 pitches through five innings and walking five _ two intentional. But he held it together in some tight spots and kept the Rangers close.

He was lifted for Scott Feldman with one out in the sixth. Feldman struck out Nick Punto with runners at second and third to end the inning.

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With runners at second and third and one out in the fifth, Wilson struck out Craig _ giving Texas a chance to walk Pujols with first base open. Craig is hitless in his last nine at-bats since a first-inning homer in Game 3.

Wilson’s curveball has been effective, and he’s found a backdoor cutter against right-handed batters, hitting the outside corner a few times. Wilson’s cutter might be his best pitch, but that’s a tough one to execute _ away to a right-handed hitter.

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