- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2011

Neftali Feliz closes out the Cardinals for his sixth save in this postseason. The Rangers win 4-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series and move within one win of their first championship.

Game 6 is Wednesday night in St. Louis, where some raw weather is expected.

The first two outs of the ninth came on one pitch. Feliz fanned Albert Pujols and, with the runner going, catcher Mike Napoli made a strong throw to second to complete the double play.

After a walk to Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman struck out to end the game.

St. Louis drew nine walks but went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 overall.


Napoli’s two-run double off Marc Rzepczynski gave Texas a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning.

Curious decision by Cardinals manager Tony La Russa to let Rzepczynski face Napoli, who eats up left-handed pitching. Lance Lynn was warming in the bullpen with Napoli at the plate _ not sure if he was ready yet.

Later in the inning, La Russa brought in Lynn just to issue an intentional walk. Once closer Jason Motte was warm, Lynn was lifted and Motte came in to strike out Elvis Andrus with the bases loaded, ending the inning.

Neftali Feliz came on in the ninth to try to close it out and put Texas within one win of its first World Series championship.

Napoli has nine RBIs in the series.

Michael Young started the rally with a leadoff double against Octavio Dotel. With two on and one out, Rzepczynski entered to face David Murphy. Rangers manager Ron Washington stayed with Murphy, a left-handed hitter, and he hit a comebacker that deflected off Rzepczynski toward second base for an infield single.

That loaded the bases for Napoli, who doubled to deep right.


Chris Carpenter appeared to be in complete control. Featuring that big curveball of his, he retired Josh Hamilton on an easy grounder and then struck out Michael Young to start the sixth.

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