- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2011

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 Albert 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.

St. Louis is 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

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With runners at second and third and one out in the fifth, Wilson struck out Allen 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.

Usually, cut fastballs break in off the inside corner and bore in on the hands. You’ve got to be pretty good to command it on both sides. Mariano Rivera, for example, does a great job throwing his cutter to both sides of the plate.

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Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter is going to his big curveball. Adrian Beltre went to his knees swinging at a huge hook, a la Reggie Jackson.

Beltre 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 knees.

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David Freese lined out to right field for the second out in the fourth. The more you watch Freese hit, the more impressive he is. Tough at-bats, keeps his front side closed, very quick hands, power to the opposite field.

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