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But then Adrian Beltre tracked one of those curves and homered to left field, dropping down on his back knee as he finished a huge swing, a la Reggie Jackson.

Earlier in the game, Beltre swung and missed the same way at one of Carpenter’s curves. He takes a swing like that every so often. Fox showed footage of him hitting a home run out of Fenway Park when he was with Boston last year on a big cut that dropped him to his right knee.

With runners at the corners, Napoli flied out to deep right-center to end the inning. Fox cameras caught a fired-up Carpenter shouting curses in the direction of first base, perhaps intended for Napoli.

Score is tied at 2 after seven innings.

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Allen Craig got thrown out trying to steal second with 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 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.

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