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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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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.

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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