The Rangers‘ meltdown wasn’t nearly as startling as the previous night, when a collection of relievers was responsible for one of the most dramatic finishes in baseball history.
The Rangers had three blown saves in the 10-9 loss in 11 innings.
Down to his final strike, Freese connected off All-Star closer Neftali Feliz for a two-run triple that sent the game to extra innings. Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer in the 10th, but St. Louis matched it with two runs off Darren Oliver in the bottom half of the inning.
Freese finally ended it with his game-winning homer off Mark Lowe in the 11th.
It was the first time in postseason history that a team allowed runs in the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th innings of a single game _ and just the third time in the past 25 years overall.