- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2011

Allen Craig homers off Derek Holland with one out in the eighth inning and St. Louis trims its deficit to 7-5. The Rangers are four outs from their first World Series championship.

That’s the first run the Cardinals have managed off Holland, who pitched a gem to win Game 4. The young lefty was just lifted for Mike Adams, with pinch-hitter Gerald Laird at the plate. There’s a runner on, and Laird represents the potential tying run.


Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz hit consecutive home runs off Lance Lynn to start the seventh, giving Texas the lead. Ian Kinsler added an RBI single to make it 7-4.

Cruz’s mammoth shot into the third deck in left field was his eighth homer of the postseason, tying the major league record held by Barry Bonds (2002) and Carlos Beltran (2004).

Holland stands to win in relief. He started and won Game 4 on Sunday, taking a two-hit shutout into the ninth inning for a 4-0 victory.

Holland scored on Kinsler’s single in the seventh.


A footnote on Beltre’s shot: It was 25 years ago tonight that the New York Mets won the 1986 World Series. That night, in Game 7 against Boston, another third baseman (Ray Knight) hit a leadoff homer in the seventh inning to snap a tie.


After a costly error by first baseman Michael Young, Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando walked Yadier Molina with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, tying the score at 4.

Another great play by Texas catcher Mike Napoli helped to keep it tied. Napoli picked off Matt Holliday at third base for the second out. Beltre did a great job of blocking the bag with his foot, and Holliday hurt his pinkie on a headfirst dive trying to get back.

Holliday, who had a rough night all around, left the game with a severely bruised pinkie. X-rays were negative.

The teams have combined for five errors.


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