- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2011

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

The Rangers are eight outs from their first World Series championship.

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).

Derek Holland stands to win in relief. He started and won Game 4, 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.


Rangers manager Ron Washington showed a lot of faith in starter Colby Lewis before finally pulling him in the sixth with the bases loaded and one out.

Lewis had allowed only one ball out of the infield since Lance Berkman’s two-run homer in the first inning.

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