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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 the No. 7 hitter, 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 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. 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 Furcal and Holliday botched Nelson Cruz’s popup in shallow left. 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.

It was Napoli’s 10th RBI of the World Series.

Moments later, Napoli twisted his left ankle when he went into second awkwardly. He got caught in between sliding and going in standing up. Napoli, who appears on his way to Series MVP honors if Texas wins, was writhing in pain at first but walked it off and stayed in the game.

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Holliday with a late, high, hard takeout slide on Andrus in the fourth to prevent a double play. Probably could have been called an automatic DP _ it was borderline at best.

Not necessarily dirty. But not necessarily legal, either.

That helped the Cardinals tie it at 3 on Yadier Molina’s RBI groundout. Lewis avoided further damage.

An error by first baseman Michael Young got the inning started for St. Louis. Holliday then drew a walk, putting runners at first and second.

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