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Yadier Molina hit an RBI single and David Murphy bobbled the ball in left field for an error that let Berkman go to third.

That was costly. Skip Schumaker, making his first World Series start, followed with a grounder to first. Moreland might have had a shot to get Berkman at the plate, but he dropped the ball for a moment before stepping on the bag. Berkman scored to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead.

Murphy made a diving catch on Punto’s humpback liner to end the inning, saving another run.

Funny scene: The diminutive Punto brought the bat with him all the way to first base, rounded the bag and began to try to break the bat over his thigh. Then he thought better of it. Might have saved himself some embarrassment on national TV.

Wilson made an error in the third when he bounced a flip toss to first base on Rafael Furcal’s bunt single. That was Texas’ sixth error in this World Series and 10th in 15 postseason games. Furcal went to second, but Wilson escaped by getting Holliday to ground into an around-the-horn double play.


Not-so-instant replay.

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

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

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

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


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.

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