Game 7: Close call helps Cards extend lead to 6-2

Lance Lynn pitches a perfect eighth, striking out Adrian Beltre to end the inning.

It’s been a season full of comebacks for the Cardinals, who were 10 1/2 games out in the wild-card race on Aug. 25. Now, they’re six outs from their second World Series championship in six years.

And don’t forget, this team lost a legitimate ace in spring training when Adam Wainwright had major elbow surgery. Wainwright, who won 39 games the past two years and had a pair of top-3 finishes in Cy Young Award balloting, has missed the entire season.

Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli and David Murphy due up in the ninth for Texas against closer Jason Motte. He’s warming up in the bullpen.

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Murphy’s leadoff double chased Chris Carpenter in the seventh. Strong effort on three days’ rest by the Cardinals’ ace.

Arthur Rhodes and Octavio Dotel got out of the inning with St. Louis’ three-run lead intact. Yadier Molina added an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to make it 6-2.

After scoring twice in the first inning, the Rangers haven’t been able to push anyone else across.

Texas pitchers have issued 41 walks in the World Series, breaking the previous record of 40 set by the 1997 Florida Marlins.

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A close call goes to the Cardinals in the fifth inning.

With first base open, Texas intentionally walked David Freese to load the bases with two outs. Scott Feldman fell behind 3-1 on Molina, then threw a strike. The full-count pitch also looked like a strike, right on the outside corner, but this time Feldman didn’t get the call from plate umpire Jerry Layne.

Ball four, 4-2 Cardinals.

Hard to argue with walking Freese in that spot, even though Molina has a clutch pedigree. Freese has just been on such a tear lately, especially in big situations. It was the first time he was intentionally walked all year.

C.J. Wilson came on and hit Rafael Furcal with his first pitch, forcing in another run. Skip Schumaker strikes out to end the inning.

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