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Holland, who threw 116 pitches Sunday night, retired Jon Jay on a grounder back to the mound with the bases loaded to end the inning.

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Albert Pujols didn’t like the call on strike three to start the sixth, but it appeared he was fortunate not to get punched out on the previous pitch.

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Boy, the Cardinals are really making a mess for themselves on defense. Not sure if they’re tight, cold, rusty or what.

Third baseman David Freese dropped Josh Hamilton’s leadoff popup in the fifth for St. Louis’ third error _ and that doesn’t include a foul ball that Freese had a chance to catch earlier in the game.

Young followed with an RBI double to give Texas a 4-3 lead.

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Interesting little chess match there in the top of the fifth after Young’s RBI double. Two outs later, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa intentionally walked No. 7 hitter Mike Napoli, who has 10 RBIs in the World Series. That put runners at the corners for pinch-hitter David Murphy _ with pitcher Colby Lewis on deck.

Washington put Yorvit Torrealba in the on-deck circle, and Game 4 winner Derek Holland began warming up hastily in the bullpen. La Russa, however, wasn’t fooled by the decoys. Fernando Salas pitched around Murphy, loading the bases with an unintentional intentional walk. Forced to make a decision, Washington stayed with Lewis, who struck out to end the inning.

Lewis worked a 1-2-3 fifth. Lance Lynn is on for St. Louis, and he worked a scoreless sixth.

The Rangers still lead 4-3.

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Napoli’s run-scoring single just inside the right field line gave Texas a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning.

St. Louis handed the Rangers a leadoff baserunner when shortstop Rafael Furcal and left fielder Matt Holliday botched Nelson Cruz’s popup. Neither took charge, and the ball popped out of Holliday’s glove when he reached out at the last moment. It was probably Holliday’s ball. He was charged with an error that allowed Cruz to reach second. Cruz scored on Napoli’s single.

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